Television Production

Born in Baghdad in 1978. After studying fine arts in Baghdad, he studied film and television production in the Netherlands. As a TV cameraman while living in the Netherlands, he worked on documentaries and sports news. After that, he obtained a master’s degree in photography and direction in England.
After the collapse of the Hussein administration in 2003, he returned to Iraq and directed his first director, “Ahlaam” , which was screened at 125 international film festivals and won 22 awards in 2007. He was also selected as a candidate for the Iraqi National Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film of the year.
In 2008, he returned to his homeland to produce “Babylon’s Sunlight”, won the Amnesty International Film Award and the Peace Film Award at the Berlin International Film Festival, and was highly acclaimed at various film festivals including Sundance. Nominated for the award.
Around the same time, the feature-length documentary “Iraq: War Love God and Madness” was completed. He also created the “IRAQ’S MISSING CAMPAIGN” project to find out the identities of the myriad bodies found in Iraq, which is also the theme of “Babylon’s Sunlight”.
The next work is a story about female suicide bombers, “The Train Station,” and a documentary about the future of the orphanage, “In My Mother’s Arm.”

From Director Mohamed Al-Darazy to Japanese people affected by the Great East Japan Earthquake

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The reason for the production and the message
imageIraq in 2003. As I was preparing to make my first director, “Dream,” I heard shocking news that a mass grave was found near Babylon from a store along the road as I walked through the streets of Baghdad. .. I got stuck for a moment and remembered that many families, fathers, children and friends had been missing for decades. It’s not a human resource for any family, but no one was able to find the cause. An aunt with a son who went missing 15 years ago passed through my mind. And it took me an hour to calm down.
In Babylon, many of the hundreds and thousands of corpses dug out of mass graves were initially unidentified and forgotten under occupational control by the waves of chaos that spread throughout Iraq.
Few people are reminded, and people still need the answer. Based on my relationship with my aunt, I came up with the idea of ​​”Babylon’s Sunlight” that connects the two generations: an old man suffering from suffering and a young man with hope for the future. A journey between a mother looking for a son and a son looking for a father and himself. Through the two who are at the bottom of their deep sorrow, I managed to understand this tragedy.
I’ve been collecting materials for four years and investigating what was happening here, sometimes with tears. Telling this story is not easy for me. This work is more than just a movie for me and our staff. It’s our reality and the cry of my loved ones. Knowing the reality of Iraq, I decided to tell the story of a mother traveling from the north to the south of the country. From this Kurdish mother’s story, I wanted to highlight the commonalities between the two cultures rooted in Iraq.
The two cultures were hurt by the war and occupation over Iraq.
imageMany suffered great and lost much. From this story, you can learn that you can understand each other, whether Iraqi or Arab, European or American.
And it brings justice to the victims of the past and hope to the next generation. From the story of one family, you can see the story that leads to all humankind. Knowing the lesser-known genocide in Iraq depicted in Babylon’s Sunlight will help us think about human rights abuses and prevent such incidents from being concealed again. I will. And this should never happen again in any other country. Missing persons in Iraq will lead to peace, hope and generosity for the future.

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Interview with the director
What made you decide to become a filmmaker?
imageMy father wanted me to be an Imam (= Islamic monk).
However, from an early age, I went to the cinema every week without telling my parents to watch the latest Indian movies. I couldn’t think of anything other than a movie director.

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Where did you shoot?
We did it in seven cities from north to south of Iraq.
Sreymaniya, Baghdad, Nasiriyah, Cutez, Basra, Negher, Babylon.

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What was the most difficult part of shooting?
imageCasting was the most difficult decision in this work. I often use non-professional actors in my style and storytelling methods. The protagonist is a mother who travels to Iraq with her grandchildren, looking for her missing son for 12 years. My aim was to find someone who actually had that experience. I spent six months exploring Iraqi villages and towns, and eventually visited a small village with about 300 families, each of whom was missing. It was very heart