SHORT TEASER:

A short teaser of the film which is currently in the final stages of post production. Please subscribe below to receive updates and special invitations to screenings and masterclasses.
FILM SYNOPSIS:

Ali’s grandmother addresses her dead son, Ahmed, in an ancient Sumerain style lament. Telling him how his 9-year-old son Ali, became mute after Ahmed was killed in battle. Watching Ali play with his sheep and having already lost her son, she worries for her grandson’s well being. This becomes her painful narrative of the film.

Ali knows that his sheep, Kirmeta, is destined for sacrifice soon. He convinces his grandmother to accompany Hassan, his 17-year-old brother, on the journey of sacrifice.

Blessed by the grandmother's prayers, they embark on this perilous 400 km march. The sheep becomes increasingly resistant to continue the journey and tries to escape the bloody fate that awaits him.

Hassan is forced to carry the sheep and soon becomes exhausted. He tries to slaughter Kirmeta before they reach their final destination, but a cleric reminds them that it is forbidden to kill an ill sheep. Frustrated with Kirmeta pissing on him, Hassan walks off, leaving Ali alone with his sheep.

When Kirmeta runs away, Ali eventually finds him amongst carcasses of cars leftover from years of violence and false promises of freedom. Kirmeta collapses from exhaustion and people think he is dead. But with the continuous prayers of grandmother, Kirmeta mysteriously recovers. Witnessing this the pilgrims declare him a MIRACLE SHEEP, a reputation that accompanies them on the rest of their journey.

A lyrical hybrid film whose symbolism exposes the suffering of a nation whose only hope left is a mute child and his “miraculous” sheep.
AWARDS AND ACHIEVEMENTS:

• Official Selection by the Iraqi Film Institute for its NEW NARRATIVES programme to represent Iraqi cinema at international film festivals and markets for 2021.

• Selected for the award-winning anthology IRAQI TALES, a body of stories for film, which Maythem Ridha wrote at the University of Oxford and then at the National Film & Television School (UK) From this DRIFTING ON THE WIND (ArRuh Ala ArRih), a film about childhood, was chosen by over 20 international film festivals, winning the Director’s Award at Hearts & Minds. Following on from this AL-BAGHDADI, a film about a young Iraqi boy migrating to the UK, won the Gold Prize for Best Foreign Language Film at the International Filmmaker Festival.

• An article about Maythem Ridha's work and Iraqi Tales is published in Al-Sabah Al-Jadid, one of the premier Iraqi publications distributed inside Iraq and internationally.
CREDITS:

Writer & Director: Maythem Ridha, Producer: Maythem Ridha, Co-Producer: Huda Al Kadhimi, Haider Jalokhan, Assistant Producer: Zainab Al-Hariri, Cinematographer: Duraid Al Munajim, Editor Zainab Al-Hariri.
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