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HANGING GARDENS
Drama   |    Running Time: 107 minutes

2022 / Arabic dialogue

Country: Iraq, Palestine, Egypt, United Kingdom and Saudi Arabia
Directed by: Ahmed Yassin Al DaradjiDirected by: Ahmed Yassin Al Daradji
MENA Premiere

R15

Adult Themes

 

SHOWTIME

Sat 03 Dec | 10:30 PM - 12:07 AM
Red Sea Cinema at The Ritz-Carlton
Price: 40 SAR
Sun 04 Dec | 9:00 PM - 10:52 PM
VOX Cinema 1 Red Sea Mall
Price: 40 SAR
Sat 10 Dec | 10:15 PM - 12:02 AM
VOX Cinema 3 Red Sea Mall
Price: 40 SAR


Producer
Huda Al Kadhimi, May Odeh, Margaret Glover

Cast
Hussain Muhammad Jalil, Wissam Diyaa, Jawad Alshakarji, Akram Mazen Ali

Scriptwriter
Ahmed Yassin Al Daradji, Margaret Glover

Middle East Distribution
Film Clinic Indie Distribution
 
Taha and his younger brother As'ad (Wissam Diyaa) scrape a living searching for discarded metals and plastics at the vast, stinking Baghdad rubbish dump ironically named for the legendary Hanging Gardens of Babylon. The dump section reserved for refuse from the US military regularly yields girlie magazines, which As'ad, who is only twelve, with a mix of innocence and the toughness he has needed to survive, sells off page-by-page on the sly. As'ad hits the jackpot - and causes a huge rift with his older brother - when he brings home a discarded rubber doll. He cleans up the intimacy toy tenderly, then puts it to work in a makeshift brothel. Working with a local cast, director Ahmed Yassin Al-Daradji tells an intimate, affectionate and often humorous story of kids growing up, making some hard points about the corrosive effects of poverty and consumerism along the way. This film is supported by the Red Sea Fund.