Son of Babylon to premiere at Sundance Film Festival


MUMBAI: PyraMovies co-production Son of Babylon, directed by Iraqi filmmaker Mohamed Al-Daradji, will have its international premiere at the Sundance Film Festival to be held in Utah from 21 – 31 January, 2010.

Son of Babylon will compete in the World Cinema Dramatic Competition and is to compete as the only Arab film in its category, against films from countries such as Canada, UK, and Spain.

The film is about a 12-year-old Kurdish boy, Ahmed, who along with his grandmother goes in search of his missing father.

PyraMovies, joined forces with production companies Human Film (UK + NL), and Iraq Al-Rafidain (Iraq) in co-producing the 90 minute feature film earlier this year.

Pyramedia CEO and executive producer of Son of Babylon Nashwa Al Ruwaini says, "This is excellent news for Arab cinema and we hope that at Sundance the film will achieve the international exposure it deserves. I hope that the film goes on to screen at many other festivals in the future too."

Son of Babylon is Al-Daradji’s second feature length film. The film is a co-production between different countries including Iraq, UAE, Palestine, UK, France and Holland, with support from organizations including the Sundance Institute, UK Film Council and CNC France. The film’s world sales agent is Roissy Film and its Arab world distributor is Sunnyland ART.