Iraqi-Dutch film director, Mohamed Al-Daradji to showcase his film in the UAE’s Capital
Abu Dhabi June 25, 2012: AFLAM, a monthly film club that aims to show the best of Arabic independent cinema in Abu Dhabi, will be screening award winning film, ‘Son of Babylon’ by director Mohamed Al-Daradji, who was recognised as Variety’s Middle Eastern Filmmaker of the year in 2010. The screening will be held at VOX Cinema at Marina Mall in Abu Dhabi at 8pm on 27th June. Guests are invited to arrive for 7pm for an hour of networking and the screening will conclude with an open discussion with the acclaimed Iraqi director to encourage dialogue about the feature film and the local industry.
‘Son of Babylon’ is set in Northern Iraq in 2003, two weeks after the fall of Saddam Hussein. The story revolves around the touching tale of a 12-year-old boy who is forced to accompany his grandmother on a journey to discover the fate of the missing father he never met after receiving news of prisoners of war found alive in Southern Iraq. From the mountains of Kurdistan to the sands of Babylon, the boy begrudgingly follows his grandmother across the country, crossing paths with fellow countrymen on the same journey to find loved ones who never returned from the Gulf War.
The film was developed through the Sundance Institute and was selected as Iraq’s official entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 83rd Academy Awards though as not selected as finalist.
In addition to the feature film, AFLAM will screen TROPFEST Arabia 2011 shortlisted film “The Smile”, based around the concept of smiles having the power to open doors. The six-minute short film by Lubna Saeed Al Amoodi, Emirati director and producer, was independently selected for second prize at the inaugural TROPFEST Arabia in Abu Dhabi last year.
Supported by twofour54, AFLAM was launched based on the success of a film club that Nayla Al Khaja and D-SEVEN Motion Pictures founded in Dubai in November 2007, and aims to provide a platform for all film industry members and fans to network and view quality regional films in Abu Dhabi. Subtitled in English, all AFLAM films have an international appeal, most having been screened at major film festivals around the globe. The founders of AFLAM are proud to have introduced such platform to the Abu Dhabi society and continue to support a vibrant film culture in the UAE.
Offering complimentary seats, Arabic and English subtitles, a chance to talk to film directors and a forum for industry professionals and film fans to network, AFLAM invites guests to register on www.aflamclub.com for tickets.
Brought to you by D-SEVEN Motion Pictures, and riding on the success of The Scene Club, the new film club AFLAM is the new home of modern Arabic cinema in Abu Dhabi. It is a monthly film club that will highlight and celebrate the best of independent Arabic films and filmmakers, showing independent films to the Abu Dhabi community and creating a film network for like-minded people to meet and share ideas. This film club is open to everyone – not just Arabic speakers, but people of all backgrounds. AFLAM’s films will have an international appeal with many having been previously screened at major film festivals across the globe. It’s a club for you, offering complimentary seats, a chance to talk to film directors, and a place for film professionals and film fans to network. Tickets are free and available on a first come, first serve basis but please note members get priority access.
About D-SEVEN Motion Pictures
D-SEVEN offers a full array of production services including TV commercials, Corporate and Promotional films. D-SEVEN and its subsidiaries are led by the direction of Nayla Al Khaja, who is UAE’s first female film producer. Our studios are conveniently located in Dubai Media City and Twofour54, Abu Dhabi.