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Reuters: Iraqi film on war wins rave reviews in Baghdad

Indiewire By Indiewire | Indiewire April 23, 2007 at 12:30PM

Making a film about the war in Iraq is a challenge. Shooting on location, as Iraqi director Mohammed al-Daradji discovered, can be a near-death experience. Daradji said he and his crew were shot at by gunmen and briefly kidnapped while filming in Baghdad in 2004. But it was worth the risk when "Ahlaam," or "Dreams," received a standing ovation when it finally had its first screening in Baghdad last week. "The film won 17 awards in a variety of international film festivals. But those moments of joy were eclipsed when I saw my home audience appreciate my efforts," Daradji, 29, told Reuters after the film had shown in Baghdad's National Theatre. Mussab Al-Khairalla reports.
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Making a film about the war in Iraq is a challenge. Shooting on location, as Iraqi director Mohammed al-Daradji discovered, can be a near-death experience. Daradji said he and his crew were shot at by gunmen and briefly kidnapped while filming in Baghdad in 2004. But it was worth the risk when "Ahlaam," or "Dreams," received a standing ovation when it finally had its first screening in Baghdad last week. "The film won 17 awards in a variety of international film festivals. But those moments of joy were eclipsed when I saw my home audience appreciate my efforts," Daradji, 29, told Reuters after the film had shown in Baghdad's National Theatre. Mussab Al-Khairalla reports.