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Son of Babylon Film Screening

Film Director Mohammed al-Daradji and actors discuss the film (Photo by: Rebekah Dramé)

Film Director Mohammed al-Daradji and actors discuss the film (Photo by: Rebekah Dramé)

Attendees at the Film Showing include both American, Iraqi, and international guests (Photo by: Rebekah Dramé)

Attendees at the Film Showing include both American, Iraqi, and international guests (Photo by: Rebekah Dramé)

On Friday, March 16, 2012 the Public Affairs Section hosted a special film screening of the multi-award winning film, “Son of Babylon.” Conceptualized and written by Iraqi Filmmaker Mohammed Al-Daradji during his participation in the Sundance Film Festival’s summer institute for filmmakers, the film tells the story of a willful young boy, Ahmed, who follows his just as obstinate grandmother on a journey across Iraq, determined to discover the fate of her missing son, Ahmed's father, who never returned from war. The film showing was organized for the U.S. embassy staff and international community in honor of Women’s History Month and to shed light on Iraq’s missing people campaign. The film’s cast and crew as well as alumni, fellow filmmakers, and representatives from the Ministry of Culture, Ministry of Human Rights and Office of the Prime Minister also attended the event. A lively discussion after the film with the director and members of the cast highlighted shared values such as tolerance and forgiveness as well as stressed the importance of protecting vulnerable and minority populations and how cultural cooperation can lead to better relations between the U.S., Iraq and other nations. These are all key elements of the U.S.-Iraq Strategic Framework Agreement.