Atia Al-Daradji, Mohamed Al-Daradji
In My Mother’s Arms
United Arab Emirates, Iraq, United Kingdom
Producers: Atia Al- Daradji, Isabelle Stead
Production Company: Iraq Al-Rafidain, Human Film
Meet 32 football – crazed children – youngsters like any others except that they must live, sleep, eat and study in the same room in a rented two-room house. Orphans of war and sectarian violence, they have no one to look after them except Husham, who operates a small orphanage that funds itself. When the landlord informs Husham he must relocate in two months, the struggle to keep the children on track begins.
Over the last 40 years, Iraq has experienced three wars and two occupations. This has left the country with little to no infrastructure to care for the thousands of orphans the conflict has produced. Our hope through this film is to raise international awareness of the problems facing Iraq’s most vulnerable.