Mohamed Jabarah Al-Daradji
In the Sands of Babylon
Iraq, United Kingdom, Netherlands, United Arab Emirates
Producers: Isabelle Stead, Mohamed Jabarah Al Daradji, Atia Jabarah Al Daradji
Production Company: Human Film, Iraq Al-Rafidain
Whilst fleeing the Kuwaiti border with an injured comrade in 1991, Ibrahim an Iraqi soldier is accused of being a defector and is subsequently captured, imprisoned and tortured. Through his journey we begin to uncover the reality of the horror from real survivors, taking us well beyond the realms of fiction as Ibrahim’s story holds a mirror up to the forgotten uprising.
Born in Baghdad in 1978, Mohamed Jabarah Al-Daradji is the cofounder of Human Film, a UK and Netherlands–based production company. In 2003, he made his first feature film, Ahlaam, a look inside war-torn Iraq. As a Sundance fellow, Jabarah Al-Daradji shot his second feature film Son of Babylon (2010). In 2010 he received the Variety award for Middle Eastern Filmmaker of the Year with his documentary In My Mother’s Arms. Jabarah Al-Daradji is currently in development with The Train Station.