Cleveland International Film Festival } March 29 – April 9, 2017 Presented by Dollar Bank



Year: 2010
Country: IRAQ
Run Time: 90 minutes


Amidst war-torn Iraq, a troubled family deals with the ominous pressures of poverty, abuse, infidelity, and secrets. Under the harsh reign of Salih, the oppressive and brutal father, lives Meriam—the adolescent pregnant daughter who has fallen into an emotionless and silent daze. The only compassion she receives is from her young, submissive stepmother Kerima and her little brother Muhanad who is forced to work in the streets as a shoe-shiner to support his family. Adding to their already troubled situation, the family must cohabitate in their rundown shelter with an intimidating, conflicted professional killer as part of their boarding arrangement. Originally cold and detached, the man becomes unwillingly involved with the family after engaging in a carnal affair with Kerima. Though the fatal threats of war loom at the gates of their courtyard, the real danger lives within the confines of their foreboding walls in this perilous, striking drama. (In Arabic with subtitles) – M.M.


CIFF36 Screenings

Tower City Cinemas

Tuesday, March 27, 2012 at 4:40 PM

Wednesday, March 28, 2012 at 9:15 AM

Thursday, March 29, 2012 at 11:20 AM

Global Lens 2012

Oday Rasheed

Nicolas Duval-Adassovsky, Laurent Zeitoun, Yann Zenou

Olivier Nakache, Éric Toledano

Mathieu Vadepied

Dorian Rigal-Ansous

Principal Cast
François Cluzet, Omar Sy

Director Bio
Oday Rasheed was born in Baghdad, Iraq where he studied at the Institute for Electrical Science, Faculty of Applicable Arts, and Faculty of Fine Arts before beginning his career in filmmaking. Since then he has written and directed numerous short films and is part of the artistic collective known as Najeen, a group of Iraqi actors, artists, and filmmakers. Along with fellow acclaimed Iraqi director Mohamed Al-Daradji, he conducts workshops for young filmmakers and has developed The Iraqi Independent Film Production Center.

Select Filmography
"Underexposure" (2005), QARANTINA (2010)

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