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A willful young boy follows his just as obstinate grandmother in a journey across Iraq, determined to discover the fate of her missing son, Ahmed's father, who never returned from war.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Shazada Hussein ...
Um Ibrahim (as Shehzad Hussen)
Yasser Talib ...
Ahmed (as Yassir Taleeb)
Bashir Al Majid ...
Musa
Salih Abdul Rahman Farhad ...
Mahmood
Kefaya Dakhee Kareem ...
Um Fatima
Mohammed Hussen Jbara ...
Qasim
Haythem Abass ...
Razak
Yazy Hassin Hasoon ...
Woman Snging
Asmaeel Al-Matri ...
Sheikh of the Mosque
Raad Azoeer ...
Baghdad Bus Driver
Sayyed Hassin Al-Mosawi ...
Baghdad Bus Driver Assistant
Lateef Maouat Al-Asadi ...
Baghdad Coach Station Man #1
Raheem Radi ...
Baghdad Coach Station Man #2
Shwala Atia ...
Baghdad Coach Station Woman #1
Najat Mansour ...
Baghdad Coach Station Woman #2
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A willful young boy follows his just as obstinate grandmother in a journey across Iraq, determined to discover the fate of her missing son, Ahmed's father, who never returned from war.

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Son of Babylon  »

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Official submission of Iraq for the 'Best Foreign Language Film' category of the 83rd Academy Awards in 2011. See more »

Crazy Credits

The following text, in Arabic and English, appears after the film and before the credits on three separate screens.

"Over the last 40 years, more than 1,000,000 men, women and children have gone missing in Iraq.

By April 2009, over 300 mass graves had been discovered containing between 150,000 - 200,000 bodies.

The majority still remain missing or unidentified." See more »

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The prefect antidote to Hollywood's view of Iraq
27 November 2011 | by See all my reviews

This is the first Iraqi film that I have seen and what a stunningly emotional introduction to the cinema of a country that is presented so differently in Hollywood movies. "Green Zone", "The Hurt Locker", "In The Valley Of Elah", "The Kingdom" ... these are all essentially an American view, the victor's perspective. Here 31 year old writer and director Mohammed Daradh - who studied film making in London - has crafted a totally contrasting work. It looks different: it was actually shot in Iraq and not in Jordan or Spain. It sounds different, deploying a mixture of Kurdish and Arabic. And the subject matter is different: the victims of Saddam Hussein and especially the suffering of the Kurds in the north of the country.

The two central performances - an old woman (Shazada Hussein) and a young boy (Yasser Talib), respectively the hopeful mother and the bewildered son of a missing Kurd forced to be a soldier in Saddam's army - are so powerful and poignant and their journey highlights the true victims of the dictatorship, all those who went missing and whose bodies may never be identified. The final location of Babylon reminds us that one time this was one of the richest and most civilised locations on earth.


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