• The Journey

    Directed by Mohamed Al-Daradji
    Iraq/UK/France/Qatar/Netherlands | 82 minutes | US Premiere | World Cinema Now

  • The Journey

    Directed by Mohamed Al-Daradji
    Iraq/UK/France/Qatar/Netherlands | 82 minutes | US Premiere | World Cinema Now

  • The Journey

    Directed by Mohamed Al-Daradji
    Iraq/UK/France/Qatar/Netherlands | 82 minutes | US Premiere | World Cinema Now

  • The Journey

    Directed by Mohamed Al-Daradji
    Iraq/UK/France/Qatar/Netherlands | 82 minutes | US Premiere | World Cinema Now

The 2006 reopening of Baghdad’s central train station, teeming with representatives from all walks of life, is the beguiling setting for Mohamed Al-Daradji’s expertly handled slow-burn thriller about a female suicide bomber and the hostage she takes who tries to change her mind.

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film synopsis

The 2006 reopening of Baghdad’s central train station, teeming with representatives from all walks of life (including the US military and other security forces) is the beguiling setting for Mohamed Al-Daradji’s precisely handled slow-burn thriller about a female would-be suicide bomber.

When first we encounter the steely Sara (Zahraa Ghandour, chillingly effective), she is wrapped in explosives and passing for pregnant among the station’s crowds. Accosted by huckster Salam, who only sees a pretty girl to hit on, she reveals what’s beneath her coat and takes him hostage. Will he persuade her to forego her plans?

Al-Daradji ratchets up the tension by weaving the various dramas of the waiting passengers into the main story, building suspense with expert control and slowly revealing Sara’s motives for wanting to take such extreme action. The director’s humanist point of view—knee-jerk judgments are nowhere to be found—makes The Journey a rarity: an intelligent thriller with a soul.

film details

Original Language Title: Al Rahal
Country: Iraq/UK/France/Qatar/Netherlands
Year: 2017
Running Time: 82 minutes
Premiere Status: US Premiere
Language: Arabic and English
Subtitles: Yes
Director: Mohamed Al-Daradji
Producers: Isabelle Stead, Mohamed Jabarah Al-daradji, Hélène Cases
Principal Cast: Zahraa Ghandour, Ameer Ali Jabarah
Cinematographers: Duraid Munajim
Editor: Mohamed Jabarah Al-daradji, Pascale Chavance, Herve De Luz
Music: Mike Kourtzer, Fabien Kourtzer
Screenwriter: Isabelle Stead, Mohamed Jabarah Al-daradji

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