DCP & HD - 2011 - UK, Netherlands, Iraq - 85 & 51 min - Color
In my mother's arms (original title)
A film by Atia Al Daradji & Mohamed Al-Daradji
Husham works tirelessly to build the hopes, dreams and prospects of the 32 damaged children of war, under his care at a small orphanage in Baghdad's most dangerous district. Against this threatening backdrop, with funds running desperately low, the bittersweet dramas of childhood play out: 7-year-old SAIF can only remember his dead mother's name, 'Mejuda', as he faces the taunts of other kids in constant playground battles; teenager MOHAMMED struggles to balance academic life with his search for self-identity; whilst young Salah fears he may never be able to go to school. When the landlord gives Husham and the boys just two weeks to vacate, a desperate search ensues.