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DDocumentary Competition

All My Mothers

All My Mothers

Original Title: Hamey-e Madaran-e Man
Director: Ebrahim SaeediZahavi Sanjavi
Iran, Iraq |
2008 | 60min. | Colour
Format: Digital Betacam
All Ages
During the 30-year reign of Saddam Hussein, hundreds of thousands of Iraqi Kurds were either killed or simply disappeared as a result of Operation Anfal ("purge"), a genocidal assault that took place in more than 4,500 villages and townships in the north of Iraq. The allied forces' invasion in 2003 brought an end to the Baathist regime, which allowed for an investigation and subsequent unearthing of mass graves all across the country, including one that contained the remains of thousands of men from a single village in the Barzan region. In this powerful and moving documentary, filmmakers Ebrahim Saeedi and Zahavi Sanjavi combine archival footage with contemporary interviews from surviving family members, who provide eyewitness accounts of the horrific events. As the remains of these men are brought home, the film reveals that the village is now almost exclusively populated by women, highlighting just how brutally efficient Hussein's campaign was. ---Andrew Grant

Director,  Ebrahim Saeedi, 

Director,  Ebrahim Saeedi

Born in Mahabad, Iran, Ebrahim Saeedi is a filmmaker, editor, and cinematographer who has worked on more than 100 short films, documentaries, and television programs. He won best prize for editing the short film The Well at the 18th Tehran Short Film Festival, and his work as cinematographer on the documentary Pearl’s Dream won him an award at the first-ever Kish Documentary Film Festival. All My Mothers is his first feature film.

Zahavi Sanjavi

Zahavi Sanjavi

Zahavi Sanjavi studied at the Russian State Institute of Cinematography (VGIK) in Moscow. His short film Snur (The Border, 2005) screened at numerous film festivals around the world.

Cast and Crew

Music
Hossein Alizadeh
Producer
Abbas Ghazali
Screenwriter
Ebrahim Saeedi, Zahavi Sanjavi
Editor
Ebrahim Saeedi
Cinematographer
Ebrahim Saeedi
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