Iraqi director Mohamed Al Daradji
I’ve been talking a lot lately to Isabelle Stead, production manager at Human Film, a production company based in Leeds, about a number of films that she’s working on with Holland-based Iraqi director, Mohamed Al Daradji.
“…a remarkable achievement” Empire
“…honest and brave…” Time Out
remarkable debut film plunges the viewer into the madness of occupied
Baghdad circa 2003. Two inmates from a mental institution suddenly find
themselves out in the streets, negotiating local gangs, American
soldiers, ruined buildings and falling bombs. An intense, vivid
experience both on and off-screen, as the director and his crew were
abducted and interrogated by both sides during the shooting of the film.
A documentary about his struggle to get the film made arrived a little later under the provisional title War, Love God and Madness. Feedback from the festival circuit encouraged Human Film to re-edit the film and make it altogether a much tighter package. Currently under the working title Welcome to Baghdad, they hope to have an edit ready fairly soon and we plan to do a screening at Frontline with Mohamed towards the middle or March.
The momentum generated from these films have allowed them to start work on Mohamed’s next film, Son of Babylon – keep your ears pinned to the ground, there should be a trailer coming soon…