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by Mohamed Al-Daradji


Baghdad, 30 December, 2006. Sara, an unassuming young woman, enters Baghdad’s central train station with sinister intentions. On the edge of committing a destructive and heinous act, Sara finds her plans are drastically altered, complicated by an unwanted and awkward encounter with Salam, a self-assured and flirtatious salesman. In an unfortunate twist of fate, Salam becomes a hostage in Sara’s confused and deluded master plan to blow up the station. Caught up in the chaos of a situation he cannot begin to comprehend, Salam desperately tries to understand Sara’s motives and to sway her decision. In a moment of reflection, Sara is given the opportunity to learn about the lives she has been so willing to destroy for others.

international title: The Journey
original title: Al Rahal
country: Iraq, United Kingdom, France, Qatar, Netherlands
sales agent: Picture Tree International
year: 2017
genre: fiction
directed by: Mohamed Al-Daradji
film run: 82'
release date: GB 1/10/2017
screenplay: Mohamed Al-Daradji, Isabelle Stead
cast: Zahraa Ghandour, Ameer Jabarah
cinematography by: Duraid Munajim
film editing: Mohamed Al-Daradji, Pascale Chavance
producer: Mohamed Al-Daradji, Isabelle Stead
production: Human Film, Iraq Al-Rafidain (IQ), Doha Film Institute (QA)