Film Festival: "Son of Babylon" (Iraq) and "The Last Friday" (Palestine/Jordan)

Fri, May 3, 2013 6:30 pm at Anthology Film Archive

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"Son of Babylon" and "The Last Friday"

Son of Babylon

Mohamed Al-Daradji, Iraq, 2011, 100 min; 6:30 pm

The film is set initially in Northern Iraq, 2003, two weeks after the fall of Saddam Hussein. Ahmed, a 12-year-old boy begrudgingly follows in the shadow of his grandmother. On hearing news that prisoners of war have been found alive in the South, she is determined to discover the fate of her missing son, Ahmed’s father, who never returned from the Gulf war in 1991. From the mountains of Kurdistan to the sands of Babylon, they hitch rides from strangers and cross paths with fellow pilgrims, on all too familiar journeys. Struggling to understand his grandmother's search, Ahmed follows in the forgotten footsteps of a father he never knew.


Fri, May 3rd - Anthology Film Archives, 6:30pm

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The Last Friday

Yahya Alabdallah, Jordan/Palestine/UAE, 2012, 88 mins

The absurdities and complexities of life in contemporary Amman are presented with understated humor in The Last Friday. This small but extremely well-crafted tale of a divorced, downwardly mobile taxi driver trying to gather the funds for essential surgery has a singular tone that is both pensive and gently comic. Forty-year-old Youssef lives alone in a shabby apartment; his life consisting of small indignities that he accepts with a weary grace. His finances are so precarious that he resorts to stealing his neighbor’s electricity, and now his situation is even more critical because he needs to prepay the hospital by Friday. Youssef finds himself reaching out to estranged family members and friends to salvage what is left of his life.


Fri, May 3rd - Anthology Film Archives, 8:30pm

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About the directors:

Mohamed Al-Daradji is an Iraqi film director who studied theater in Baghdad and film in Leeds, England. His first film, Ahlam, was a major success portraying the mayhem following the American invasion of Iraq in 2003. Son of Babylon was developed through the Sundance Institute and was selected as the Iraqi entry of the Oscars in 2011.

Yahya Alabdallah, a Palestinian-Jordanian writer, director, and producer, is co-founder of ME Films, an independent production company based in Amman, Jordan. His documentary shortSix Minutes (2004) won prizes at the Al-Jazeera Film Festival, the Jordanian Film competition, and the Trenton Film Festival. An experimental short,A Man in a Cup,screened at many international film festivals.The Last Fridayis his first feature. Alabdallah is also a literary critic with two Master’s Degrees in literature and film.

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