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A FILM BY MOHAMED AL-DARADJI
“while several dramas in recent years have attempted to fathom the mindset of a suicide bomber,” Iraqi-Dutch director Al-Daradji “comes up with a different, emotionally accessible approach…by surrounding his fictive terrorist’s mission within a panoply of train-station humanity, a gambit that at times is strongly reminiscent of vintage neo-realist slices of life.” - Variety’s Dennis Harvey
Drama | 2017 | 82 mins
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2006, Baghdad, Iraq. The Grand Re-opening of the Baghdad Central Train Station. A beautiful, confident woman, Sara (20), enters. C4 strapped to her body. She knows what she came to do, and braces herself to commit the unthinkable act.
Salam (24), a handsome, flirtatious salesman hones in on Sara. She wants nothing to do with him and aggressively spurns his awkward and unwanted attention, focused only on her mission. Salam persists and quickly comes to realize what is at stake.
Appealing to Sara’s humanity, he battles to shine light into her tortured mind. In a moment of hesitation, Sara suddenly sees the world around her - the life and innocence she is determined to destroy.
With her hand on the trigger, will she stop taking her second chance at life?
Director - Mohamed Al-Daradji
Mohamed Al-Daradji is a critically acclaimed and multi-award winning filmmaker. Born in Baghdad, he studied film in Hilversum (Netherlands) before travelling to the UK to complete two masters degrees.
His work has screened all over the world and has received a great deal of positive attention. Always striving for authenticity in his film projects, Mohamed is one of the only prominent filmmakers currently working in Iraq today.