In My Mother's Arms follows several children who live and study in the same room of a small rented house. These are forgotten children whose parents have been killed or kidnapped. They have...
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In My Mother's Arms follows several children who live and study in the same room of a small rented house. These are forgotten children whose parents have been killed or kidnapped. They have no one to support them but Husham, a student who works tirelessly to protect them from the dangers of the streets of Baghdad. The landlord demands they vacate his house and now the only sanctuary these children have ever known is about to be lost. The film was shot in 2010: the future of the orphanage has yet to be resolved.Written by
This powerful documentary follows two and a half years in the life of an orphanage in Baghdad run by Husham, who is devoting his life to protecting children from the dangers of the streets. While not supported by the government, he struggles to keep the orphanage running and is determined to try his best in providing a decent life and education for the children.
The children are mostly orphans of people killed or kidnapped, all traumatized to various degrees and in need of special attention. Husham wants to make sure they mingle with normal children at school in order not to grow up feeling alienated. He counts on a number of volunteers to assist him, but with every passing day they face a different obstacle. One day, the landlord decides to the orphanage should be vacated within two weeks. The children risk sleeping in the streets and Husham doesn't know where to turn to for help.
"In My Mother's Arms" is one of the most powerful documentaries that screened at the 2012 Gulf Film Festival. The children are undoubtedly the main stars, growing a little too fast in a war-torn country. As Saif, around 8 years old, sings at one point: "I'm too young to endure all this". He is filled with bitterness and mystery and doesn't remember his parents who were killed in a bombing. All he remembers is his mother's name. Only music brings him out of his silence.
"In My Mother's Arms" reflects a reality that affects a whole generation of young Iraqis, who if not properly taken care of, might end up in extremist groups. This is not simply a documentary – it has a more noble purpose.
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