HIDING SADDAM HUSSEIN
Documentary | Running Time: 96 minutes
2023 / Arabic
Country: Norway and Iraq
Halkawt Mustafa is an established Iraqi Kurdish-Norwegian film director, screenwriter and producer. His second feature film, El Classico – about two Kurdish football fans determined to meet Cristian Ronaldo - was the Iraqi entry for Best Foreign Language Film at the Oscars, then went on to win two prizes at Tribeca and best film at Asian World Film Festival.
VOX Cinema Imax 7 Red Sea Mall
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ProducerJanne Hjeltnes, Halkawt Mustafa, Anders Hereid
CastAlaa Namuq Jasim Al-Doori
Eighteen years ago, the invading US forces were searching Iraq for its deposed president, Saddam Hussein, who had seemingly disappeared into thin air. He was finally discovered in the town of Al-Dawr, living in a bunker his chauffeur and bodyguard dug between the date trees in his orchard. Alaa Namiq, now 50, hid Saddam for a staggering 235 days before the Americans tracked him down in 2003, executing him three years later. Halkawt Mustafa persuaded Namiq to tell his story for the first time in this startling documentary, which took 10 years to make and was necessarily shrouded in so much secrecy that even the crew did not know the real subject of the film they were making.