Sara enters Baghdad station for its reopening ceremony with sinister intentions. As she braces to commit an unthinkable act, her plans are drastically altered by an unwanted and awkward encounter with Salam, a self-assured and flirtatious salesman. With Salam now hostage to Sara’s confused and deluded plan, he battles desperately to appeal to her humanity and sway her decision. In a moment of consideration and with her convictions crumbling before her, Sara is given the opportunity to witness the life and innocence she was so willing to destroy. But is this a second chance or an admission of guilt?
ABOUT THE FILM:
Official Oscar Submission
Mohamed Al-Daradji studied in Baghdad, Iraq and Hilversum, Netherlands before traveling to the UK to complete Masters degrees in Cinematography and Directing at the Northern Film School in Leeds. In 2003, following the invasion of Iraq, Mohamed returned to his native country to make his first feature film, Ahlaam. The film screened at over 125 international festivals, receiving 22 awards, as well as Academy Award and Golden Globe consideration, establishing Mohamed as a revered international filmmaker. Following the success of Ahlaam, Mohamed directed the multi-award winning and critically acclaimed, Son of Babylon (2010). His extensive work in Iraq also includes three long form documentaries as well as humanitarian work. In 2010, he established of the Iraq Independent Film Center (IIFC); a film production and training institution based in Baghdad. The Journey is Mohamed’s third feature film, exploring the conflicted and confused state of mind of a female suicide bomber.