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Mohamed Al Daradji (writer)
Jennifer Norridge (screenplay)
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Release Date:
4 November 2010 (Singapore) See more »
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. | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)
Shazada Hussein ... Um Ibrahim
Yasser Talib ... Ahmed
Bashir Al Majid ... Musa

Directed by
Mohamed Al Daradji 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Mohamed Al Daradji  writer
Jennifer Norridge  screenplay

Produced by
Atea Al Daradji .... producer
Mohamed Al Daradji .... producer
Bader Ben Hirsi .... co-producer
Antonia Bird .... executive producer
Emma Clarke .... executive producer
Pippa Cross .... executive producer
Dimitri de Clercq .... producer
Danny Evans .... co-producer
Simon Glass .... assistant producer
Hugo Heppell .... executive producer
Nashwa Al Ruwaini .... executive producer
Isabelle Stead .... producer
Cinematography by
Mohamed Al Daradji 
Duraid Munajim 
Production Design by
Alison Jeffery 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Yahya Al-Allaq .... first asisstant director
Sound Department
Hugo Adams .... sound editor
François Boudet .... sound mixer
Andrew Caller .... re-recording mixer
Lee Charallah .... adr mixer
Mike Dowson .... re-recording mixer
Glenn Freemantle .... sound designer
Glenn Freemantle .... supervising sound editor
Mark Heslop .... sound editor
Brendan Nicholson .... re-recording mixer
Emilie O'Connor .... dialogue editor
Visual Effects by
Ivan Cipriani .... digital compositor
Danny Evans .... visual effects producer
Simon Giblin .... digital effects artist
Max Horton .... colourist
Camera and Electrical Department
Oday Abboud .... gaffer
Editorial Department
Lee Charallah .... assistant editor
Stefan Fairlamb .... first assistant editor
Al Hariri Zainab .... assistant editor
Other crew
Hana Alhirsi-Evans .... publicist
Cecily Barber .... production assistant
Leonard Crooks .... head of New Cinema Fund: UK Film Council
Fiona McAllister .... research assistant
Amanda Pyne .... production finance: UK Film Council

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  • Kodak  motion picture film supplier

Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Syn Babilonu" - Iraq (original title)
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100 min
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2.35 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

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


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4 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
People helping each other, 7 May 2013
Author: Furuya Shiro from Yokohama, Japan

The first impression was pretty much hopeless. I wondered why they made a movie with such a desperate plot.

But recalling each scene in the movie, everyone in the movie was so kind. The movie starts with a scene that an old woman and her grandson walk middle of nowhere in the desert of Iraq. They are Kurdish. They were severely persecuted under Saddam Hussein ruling. Three weeks after the Hussein regime fell, they started the travel from Kurdistan, northern Iraq, to Nasiriya, southern Iraq, where the woman believes her son is confined in the jail. The distance between Kurdistan and Nasiriya is about 700 km according to the Google map. The first truck driver ignored the boy's exclamation to stop, but he was an exception. All other people who encounter the old woman and the boy are very kind, despite many of them can not understand her Kurdish.

Through the TV and newspapers, our image of Iraq is chaos and hate. Deadly suicide bombings are daily events. Government is still in turmoil. And the conflicts between Arabians and Kurdish, or Sunni and Shi'ah do not end. In this movie, however, people sympathize, help and forgive each other. What does the title "Son of Babylon" mean? Babylon is the name when the country was in the highest glory. The dream of the woman and her grandson to see the hanging garden of Babylon did not come true. But this movie may be telling us to see the hanging garden covered by green leaves, beyond the desperate reality, by helping each other.

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