Posted on October 14, 2014

Iraqi films will be in the spotlight this weekend through Doha Film Institute’s year-round screening series, ‘Hekayat Khaleejiya,’ taking place at the Museum of Islamic Art auditorium from Thursday 16th to Sunday 19th of October. Continuing in the Hekayet Khaleejiya tradition of showcasing pioneering films from the Gulf, Doha Film Institute presents ‘Stories from Iraq’, a series of two features and a showcase of short films from a new generation of filmmakers from Iraq.

Director Mohamed Al-Daraji will be on hand to present his two films ‘In the Sands of Babylon’ and ‘Son of Babylon’ which was selected as the Iraqi entry for the Best Foreign Language Film. In addition, a programme of five outstanding short films by a selection of up and coming Iraqi filmmakers will screen on Friday afternoon at 4pm followed by a discussion with Al-Dariji. ‘Son of Babylon’ tells the story of Ahmed, a willful young boy, who follows his equally obstinate grandmother on a journey across Iraq, driven by her determination to discover the fate of her missing son, Ahmed's father, who never returned from war.

Doha Film Institute’s Hekayat Khaleejiya 2 [].jpg‘In the Sands of Babylon’ is a gripping drama about an Iraqi soldier escaping from Kuwait as the army retreats in 1991. He is captured and cast into Saddam’s infamous prison system, accused of being a traitor. Outside, an Iraqi uprising instills hope for those held captive in the killing fields of Babylon. For ticket sales, film information and timings, please visit

Doha Film Institute connects local audiences with films all year-round through a robust programme of monthly screenings to enhance cinema appreciation and contribute to the diversity of screen culture in the region. Programming includes contemporary independent cinema, filmmaker retrospectives, classic films and a regular presentation of works by Qatari and Gulf filmmakers. ‘Hekayat Khaleejiya’ takes place every three months and is focussed on showcasing Gulf filmmakers and, where possible, is accompanied by a Q&A with the director to discuss their work and creative process.