11 user 23 critic

Syn Babilonu (2009)

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.



, (screenplay)

Watch Now

From $2.99 (SD) on Amazon Video

13 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »


Add Image Add an image

Do you have any images for this title?

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Drama | History | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

An unforgettable story, forgotten... 1991 Gulf War: Ibrahim, an Iraqi soldier, has escaped from Kuwait as the Iraqi Army retreats. Facing the perilous journey home, he must cross the ... See full summary »

Director: Mohamed Al Daradji
Stars: Samar Qahtan, Ameer Jabarah, Hasan Bkheet
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  

Film about a father who takes his 8 years old daughter from Basrah to Karbala searching a cure for canser

Director: Atea Al Daradji
Stars: Shahad Atia, Mohamed Rhaif, Fuad Hanoun
Bekas (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Iraq in the early 1990 was a devastating land to survive in. When we think of Iraq, the first thing that tends to pop into our minds is the war and Saddam Hussein. But there is another side... See full summary »

Director: Karzan Kader
Stars: Zamand Taha, Sarwar Fazil, Diya Mariwan
Ahlaam (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Scarred Baghdad 2003... confusion, uncertainty and death engulf the bombed ruins of a Psychiatric asylum. Voyeuristically we move between the past and the present of three Iraqi lives ... See full summary »

Director: Mohamed Al Daradji
Stars: Aseel Adel, Bashir Al Majid, Mohamed Hashim
The Journey I (2017)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

As Sara stands on the cusp of committing an unthinkable act, an unforeseen and awkward encounter gives her the opportunity to witness the potential consequences of her destructive action. But is this a second chance or an admission of guilt?

Director: Mohamed Al Daradji
Stars: Zahraa Ghandour, Ameer Jabarah
Shal (2012)
Action | Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

This is a survival story - a Hemingway's 'Old Man and the Sea' as if written for our days.

Director: Ermek Tursunov
Stars: Ondas Besikbasov, Erbulat Toguzakov
O le tulafale (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Saili, an unassuming villager & taro farmer, lives happily with his beautiful wife Vaaiga and her teenage daughter Litia. Their existence, whilst happy and peaceful; is unconventional. ... See full summary »

Director: Tusi Tamasese
Stars: Fa'afiaula Sanote, Tausili Pushparaj, Salamasina Mataia
Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

During the war between Iran and Iraq, a group of Iranian Kurd musicians set off on an almost impossible mission. They will try to find Hanareh, a singer with a magic voice who crossed the ... See full summary »

Director: Bahman Ghobadi
Stars: Shahab Ebrahimi, Faegh Mohamadi, Allah-Morad Rashtian
Bekas (2010)
Short | Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  

Two homeless Kurdish brothers see Superman in the town's first movie theatre and decide they are going to live with him in the US. It's a long, dangerous road in the hands of ruthless human smugglers.

Director: Karzan Kader
Stars: Zamand Taha, Sarwar Fazil, Rebwar Amin
Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

Young Iranian Kurds (brothers and sisters) try to save the youngest of them, who is seriously ill.

Director: Bahman Ghobadi
Stars: Ayoub Ahmadi, Rojin Younessi, Amaneh Ekhtiar-dini
Animation | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

A taxi driver who lives in Napoli spend his time on his uncle's car thinking about happiness. His former brother took a road for happiness practicing Buddhism while he is always sad and ... See full summary »

Director: Alessandro Rak
Stars: Leandro Amato, Nando Paone, Renato Carpentieri


Cast overview:
Shazada Hussein ...
Um Ibrahim
Yasser Talib ...
Bashir Al Majid ...


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.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis




See all certifications »




Release Date:

11 February 2011 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Son of Babylon  »

Filming Locations:

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:


Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


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

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

When a mother's despair and a son's innocence meets in the post-Saddam era
19 November 2010 | by (Singapore) – See all my reviews

Son of Babylon marks the first few movie to be made in Iraq by an Iraqi, after the fall of Saddam Hussien's Regine. Director Mohamed Al Daradji, a former soldier under Saddam's Regine, tells the story on the despair of the loss of the loved ones during the Iraq war in the early 1900's, where family members of the victims could only see the remains of the loved ones buried under the bed of sand where they hoped for their loved ones to remain alive.

The story begins with a Kurdish grandmother, Um-Ibrahim, and her only grandson, Ahmed, on a journey towards Baghdad to look for her son, Ibrahim (grandson's father), who was forced into the army in 1991 during the outbreak of Iraq war. With a weak body and unable to speak Arabic, Um-Ibrahim wants the willful Ahmed to guide her along the streets of Baghdad, looking into possible places that she can find her son. Throughout the journey, the duo met a driver who drives them to Baghdad from the desert and a former soldier forced into performing a massacre during Saddam's Regine, who helps the duo in locating various mass graves to look for Ibrahim.

The story for the road movie is fairly simply, but this may not be an easy movie to understand, especially for audience who have no knowledge on the Iraq war and the massacre during Saddam's Regine. The willful Ahmed looks naive and innocent, without knowing what has happened around him until he has to accompany his grandmother in searching for his father. On the other hand, Um-Ibrahim seems more of a villager who is ignorant on the environment outsider her world. Unable to communicate with the people around her in Arabic, it becomes a barrier towards looking for her son. But she will locate her son no matter how difficult it will be. When both has to work hand in hand together, it breeds frustration: Ahmed is tired of his grandmother reading official letters locating the whereabouts of his father; Um-Ibrahim has to stop her grandson from running away from her without her knowledge.

When arriving on one of the destination, Um-Ibrahim helps Ahmed change a set of clothes, so that he will not look dirty should they found Ibrahim. At the same time, Ahmed helps Um-Ibrahim washes her face after traveling on a long journey. Such acts sends a message on the desperation and hope of thousands of Iraqi's looking towards finding their family members. As the story unfolds, we will see on how many of the Iraqi's burst into disappointment as their hope dashes after being taken to various mass graves, where victims who died under Saddam's Regine were buried in the wild.

The message Daradji wants to send to the audience across the world is the destruction of the lives and hopes of civilians when war broke out somewhere else, be it an foreign invasion or a civil war. At the same time, it also gives a view on the society in chaos after the war, on how people begin to pick up the pieces from the destruction without any order. Son of Babylon is a story told from the view of the Iraqi's who survived the war, where all the people wished for is for the family and the society to live together harmoniously, not out into a war for the benefit of an individual.

While we have plenty of movies featuring American troops controlling and restoring the order of Iraq after the fall of Saddam Hussien, we do not have any movie that truly reflects the thought from the view of the Iraqi's. Son of Babylon is the first, and may be the only few movies in the world that could have done so. In short, Son of Babylon marks the first few important movie on the destruction of war in the cinema history.

8 of 11 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Contribute to This Page