Screening & Discussion: Ahlaam by Mohamed Al-Daradji

Mon, October 30, 2006 8:00 pm at Dodge Hall, Columbia University

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Alwan for the Arts Presents

Ahlaam by Mohamed Al-Daradji followed by a discussion with the director

Monday, October 30, 2006, 8:00 PM $10

Columbia University, 511 Dodge Hall

Ahlaam by Mohamed Al-Daradji Iraq, UK, Netherlands, 2006, 110 minutes, 35 mm

This remarkable first feature film from Mohamed Al-Daradji follows the lives of three Iraqi individuals forced onto the war-torn streets of Baghdad after the US invasion destroys an insane asylum. Among these wanderers is Ahlaam who had lived in the institution since the kidnapping of her husband on their wedding day by Saddam's police. She deliriously roams through the chaotic and perilous streets slipping in and out of hallucinations. Fellow patient and former soldier Ali, devastated by the US bombardment and the subsequent loss of his best friend in battle, finds purpose in foolhardily braving the fallen city in search of surviving patients. Under-appreciated Dr. Medhi entertains dreams of a free and peaceful Iraq despite the desolation surrounding him and the burden of his father's political past.

Awards 2006: Prix Maroun Bagdadi, Prix Spécial du Jury. Institut Du Monde Arabe, Paris, France 2006: The Best Film Award by the Indonesian associate of filmmaker in The 1st JAFF 2006: Bangladesh International Film Festival best film 2006: NETPAC Best Film 2006: Top 10 Audience Choice Rotterdam International Film Festival 2005: Nominated Best Arab Film Cairo International Film Festival 2006: Special mention award, Festroia international film festival, Portugal 2006: Best Spiritual Film from Brooklyn International Film Festival 2006: Best Male Actor Bashir Al-Majid from Brooklyn International Film Festival

The event is sponsored by Columbia University's Film Department, Middle East Institute, Department of Middle Eastern and Asian Languages and Cultures and Turath

Directions: Bus lines (M4, M5, M11, M60, M104) and Subway line 1 local to 116 Street and Broadway

Last updated: 2007-09-27 09:35:11

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