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Dawn of the World (2008)

L'aube du monde (original title)
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. Shortly after their marriage, Mastour and Zahra are... See full synopsis »

Director:

Abbas Fahdel

Writer:

Abbas Fahdel
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Karim Saleh ... Riad
Hafsia Herzi ... Zahra
Hiam Abbass ... Mastour's mother
Sayed Ragab ... Hadji Noh
Waleed Abou El Magd Waleed Abou El Magd ... Mastour
Mahmoud Nagui Mahmoud Nagui ... Zingi
Mohamed Ali Keshta Mohamed Ali Keshta ... Abou Ali
Nabil El Deeb Nabil El Deeb ... Cheik Jassim
Soheil Abdel Wahab Soheil Abdel Wahab ... Iraqi officer
Mostafa Wagih Mostafa Wagih ... Hussein
Injy Ashour Injy Ashour ... Zingi's wife
Mina Soheil Mina Soheil ... Zahra - child
Amr Ossama Amr Ossama ... Mastour - child
Abou Baker Nounou Abou Baker Nounou ... American soldier
Reem Rafaa Reem Rafaa ... Oum Zoheir
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Storyline

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. Shortly after their marriage, Mastour and Zahra are forced to separate when the Gulf War breaks out. On the battlefield, Mastour befriends Riad, a young soldier from Baghdad. Mortally wounded, Mastour makes Riad promise to protect Zahra when the war is over. When Riad arrives in the village, he falls deeply in love with Zahra. But unable to bear the loss of her husband, Zahra shuts herself off. In this completely foreign environment that is hostile to this newcomer, and as a new conflict is on the verge of inflaming the whole area, Riad will do the impossible to find his place.

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Genres:

Drama | Romance | War

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Official Sites:

Official site [France]

Country:

Iraq | France | Germany

Language:

Arabic

Release Date:

27 May 2009 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

A madrugada do mundo See more »

Filming Locations:

Egypt

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Box Office

Budget:

EUR1,400,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$11,269
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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color | Color (original 35 mm prints)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Connections

References Apocalypse Now (1979) See more »

Soundtracks

Ya Lel Ma Atwalak
by Rim Banna
From the album "Lullabies from the Axis of Evil" (2003)
Courtesy of Kirkeling Kulturverksted (www.kkv.no)
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The tragedy of the Marsh Arabs
28 January 2013 | by Kassem1See all my reviews

A robust art film directed with an unquestionable talent, Dawn of the World is a journey through the unexplored Marshlands of Iraq and a moving war film about the tragedy of the Marsh Arabs (everybody knows about the Golf War, but nobody knows about the massacre of the Marsh Arabs!) The story is harrowing and the presentation is graphic. Powerful material, powerfully rendered. The director alternates the horrors of war with occasional fairy tale-like images; together they imbue the film with an unapologetically disturbing quality that persists long after the credits roll. One must not describe the sequence at the end. It must unfold as a surprise. It is unutterably depressing, because history can never undo itself, and is with us forever.


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