Mohamed Al-Daradji’s films address both the terrible suffering and the hopefulness for the future felt by many Iraqis.

Alongside his work as a filmmaker, in 2009 Al-Daradji established Iraqi Independent Film Centre, a platform that supports, encourages and nurtures a new generation of Iraqi filmmakers whilst actively working to re-establish and develop the film industry in Iraq.

His first feature film, ‘Ahlaam’, an insight into the chaos and confusion of a war-torn Iraq, screened at more than 125 film festivals worldwide, received over 23 awards and was Iraq’s official entry for the 79th Academy Awards (2007).

Daradji earned an MA in Cinematography and an MA in Directing from Leeds Metropolitan University School of Art (2003 and 2005 respectively).

Born in 1978 in Baghdad, Daradji currently lives and works between Leeds and Baghdad.

SAF Participation:
Sharjah Film Platform 4 (2021)

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