You can't go home again. Well, everyone knows that, but some prodigal sons can't help trying. The director/narrator of "Retour à Babylone" is one of them. Feeling the call of the homeland, he confesses at the beginning of his film: "The time has become to make peace with that part of myself that remained attached to my homeland and the childhood friends I left behind". Then, as if he has a mission to accomplish, he returns to his devastated country, Iraq, and more precisely in his hometown of Babylon, city of ancient Mesopotamia. Haunted by the guilt often felt by survivors, he goes in search of his childhood friends, and thus discovers that several of them have disappeared during the Iraq-Iran war and the Gulf War, while the survivors have been all ruined by the international embargo against Iraq. In addition to being an emotional testimony about a wretched country, the Proustian pilgrimage of Abbas Fahdel to his homeland has a real poetic and universal value which makes it very interesting to watch.
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