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Living in exile in France for the past 25 years, Abbas Fahdel last year made Retour à Babylone, the occasion to return home, be reunited with his childhood friends and explore a reality that was now alien to him. In this film, Fahdel’s camera shows us Iraqis in another light and the hopes and fears of these men and women who escaped the nightmare of a dictatorship only to be mired in chaos. He is better equipped than anyone for this task. He is both an “outside” angle of vision and a brotherly view. An Iraqi among Iarqis, he embodies a reference point in the turmoil. His presence and commitment during the past year, his receptivity during those months when everyone was preparing for war explains why his camera is never indiscreet or prying.

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Produced by : Blanche Guichou
Company : AGAT FILMS & CIE

Genre : documentary
Duration : 52 min
Year of production : 2003
Available Versions : VF / VO STF

Distributor : Doc & Films International

International sales : Doc & Films International

TV distribution : Doc & Films International

TV Diffusion : 03/06/2005

Awards :
Festival cinema africano: Mention spéciale du jury.

Festival selections :
FIPA, Biarritz, 2004. Festival cinema africano, Milan, 2005. Festival international du film, Amiens, 2004. Biennale des festivals arabes, Paris, 2004. Journées cinématographiques, Carthage, 2004.

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