Back to Babylon (film)
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|Back to Babylon|
|Directed by||Abbas Fahdel|
Agat Films & Cie|
|Music by||Sami Kaftan|
|Edited by||Sylvie Gadmer|
|Distributed by||Doc & Co|
Back in his home town of Babylon after a long exile, the Iraqi-born director Abbas Fahdel asks himself: "What has become of my friends? What has life here made of them? What would life here have made of me had I not decided to follow the course of destiny elsewhere?" In his search and inquiries, his encounters with the friends of his youth, it is the situation today in Iraq that is revealed through the camera's eye: the ravages of Saddam Hussein's dictatorship, the after-effects of the Iran-Iraq war, the Gulf War and the embargo imposed by the United Nations.
Abbas Fahdel (voice-over): "The past, with its overwhelming splendour and its scents of paradise lost, is too painful for Iraqis to bear. I recall my father reciting the poet Al-Rissafi: "We are not masters of our miserable present / On men of a foregone age / The face of time once smiled / But on seeing us, it darkened."
- Back to Babylon on IMDb
- Official website (in English)
- Back to Babylon at the International Festival of Audiovisual Programs (in English)
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