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by Ahmed Yassin Al Daradji


Brothers As’ad (12) and Taha (28) barely scrape a living as rubbish pickers in ‘Hanging Gardens’—the local nickname for Baghdad’s smouldering dumps—yet they make the most of what they have. Then one day, As’ad discovers an American sex doll. When he brings the taboo item home and presents her as a thing of beauty, Taha assaults his little brother for ruining their reputation. As’ad retreats to Hanging Gardens to make a new home for himself and his miraculous find.

international title: Hanging Gardens
original title: Janain mualaqa
country: Iraq, Palestine, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, United Kingdom
sales agent: True Colours
year: 2022
genre: fiction
directed by: Ahmed Yassin Al Daradji
film run: 117'
cast: Wissam Diyaa, Jawad Al Shakarji, Hussain Muhammad Jalil, Akram Mazen Ali
music: Suad Bushnaq
producer: Huda Al Kadhimi, Margaret Glover, May Odeh
co-producer: Mohamed Hefzy, Daniel Ziskind, Ahmed Yassin
production: Ishtar Iraq Film Production [IQ], ODEH FILMS [PS], Film Clinic [EG]

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