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Dawn of the World (2008)
"L'aube du monde" (original title)

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The Mesopotamian Marshes, at the delta of the Euphrates and Tigris rivers, in the south of Iraq. This is where Mastour and Zahra grow up... See full synopsis »

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Riad
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Zahra
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Mastour's mother
Sayed Ragab ...
Hadji Noh
Waleed Abou El Magd ...
Mastour
Mahmoud Nagui ...
Zingi
Mohamed Ali Keshta ...
Abou Ali
Nabil El Deeb ...
Cheik Jassim
Soheil Abdel Wahab ...
Iraqi officer
Mostafa Wagih ...
Hussein
Injy Ashour ...
Zingi's wife
Mina Soheil ...
Zahra - child
Amr Ossama ...
Mastour - child
Abou Baker Nounou ...
American soldier
Reem Rafaa ...
Oum Zoheir
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The Mesopotamian Marshes, at the delta of the Euphrates and Tigris rivers, in the south of Iraq. This is where Mastour and Zahra grow up... See full synopsis »

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A madrugada do mundo  »

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Hymn of the Big Wheel
by Massive Attack
(R. Del Naja / G. Marshall / A.L.I. Vowles / H. Andy / N. Cherry)
© 1991 Island Music Ltd / Paddy Crusty LTD / Writers Designee
(P) 1991 Virgin Records Ltd
Courtesy of Universal Music Vision / Universal Music Publishing France and EMI VIRGIN Music Publishing France
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An aquatic poem that leaves a lasting impression in the mind
24 October 2009 | by (Lebanon) – See all my reviews

Dostoivski had predicted: "Beauty will save the world !" Writer-director Abbas Fahdel must share the same hope. His "Dawn of the World" is full of beauty… beauty that stands next to horror. Quite original, the film evolves in a special temporality (made of long shots that give the film its particular rhythm) and in a redesigned space stretched between two extremes: that of the infinitely large (the desert, the swamps) and that of the infinitely small (the houses of reeds). Fadhel films the natural environment in the manner of Tarkovsky, plays on the contrast between land and water, between city and nature, and guide us to the heart of a devastated "Zone", formerly known as the ancient biblical Garden of Eden. Unforgettable !


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