Iraq: War, Love, God & Madness
Documentary | Iraq, UK, Netherlands | 2008 | 83 min.
While visiting Iraq in 2007 for the premiere of his first feature film, Ahlaam, director Mohamed Al-Daradji looks back over the turbulent past three years of his life and the making of his film in a volatile war zone. The Iraq he had once known had vanished, replaced by the gritty aftermath of 35 years of dictatorship, three wars, and occupation. Once vibrant streets are consumed by unemployment, poverty, and madness. Al-Daradji struggles against persecution, imprisonment, personal injury, and terrorist attacks to document his experience of making cinematic art in one of the most dangerous and chaotic places on Earth.