The Journey

The Journey

Mohamed Al-Daradji’s drama was Iraq's entry for the Foreign Language Film Academy Award. It follows Sara (Zahraa Ghandour) as she prepares to commit a suicide bombing in the newly re-opened Baghdad Central Station.

As she readies herself to commit this act, she is involved in a series of micro-dramas with people in the station, giving us a panorama of life in Iraq in 2006, from teenage brides to hustlers, fruit sellers and scolding mothers.

Reminiscent of Italian neo-realism, we get a true sense of Iraqi society, as well as the forces that have pushed Sara to her horrific intentions. Unsentimental and insightful.

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Director:

Mohamed Al-Daradji

Starring:

Zahraa Ghandour

Running Time:

82 minutes

Certificate:

Advised 15
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