News ID: 210981
Published: 0315 GMT March 03, 2018

First ever int'l Iraqi movie on home screen

First ever int'l Iraqi movie on home screen

The first Iraqi feature film, 'Al-Rihla' (The Journey), which was made in cooperation with a few European countries, is on silver screen in Iraq from March 1.

The flick was screened in several countries and its cast hope that it would be highly welcomed in the Middle East country.

Director Mohamed Al-Daradji's 'Al-Rihla' came following a 27-year hiatus in Iraqi cinema, IRNA reported.

The cast of the movie includes Ameer Jbara, Zahraa Ghandour, Huda Abd Alameer, Hadeer Abd Alameer, Ali Al-Khassaf, and Iamen Laeibi.

The UK, France, and the Netherlands cooperated in the production of the movie.

Critics believe that during the last 27 years, some other movies were made before 'The Journey', including Al-Daradji's 'Son of Babylon the War' (2003), 'No. 438' (2003), 'Ahlaam' (2005), 'Son of Babylon' (2009), 'War, Love, God, & Madness' (2008), 'In my Mother's Arms' (2011), 'In the Sands of Babylon' (2013).

The movie is called to be the first Iraqi movie by some media, due to the fact that it narrates the story of death and life in the atmosphere of war and terrorism and that's why it has recently grabbed attention.

Al-Daradji is an Iraqi-Dutch film director. He studied theater in Iraq, and cinematography and directing in England. He is known for his drama films, which focus on political affairs in the Middle East and their effects on interpersonal relationships.


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