Iraq / UK / France / Netherlands / Palestine / United Arab Emirates / Egypt, 2010 (MIFF 2010, International Panorama)
Director: Mohamed Al-Daradji
“Chases a poetic answer for the crimes of Saddam Hussein.” - Variety
A son's search for his father and a mother's search for her son are the centrepiece for filmmaker Mohamed Al Daradji's exploration of the aftermath of Saddam Hussein's regime. Set in 2003, just after Hussein's downfall, young Ahmed and his grandmother take to the road in search of his father, Ibrahim, a soldier missing-in-action since 1991.
Focusing on forgiveness and people's ability to overcome rather than on the many atrocities of the regime, Son of Babylon is a poignant take on post-war Iraq, telling the story of two that could as easily be the story of many.
Son of Babylon has been the recipient of multiple awards, including the Amnesty International Film Prize and the Peace Film Prize at the 2010 Berlin Film Festival.