The Journey


Sara enters Baghdad station with sinister intentions for its reopening ceremony. As she braces to commit an unthinkable act, her plans are drastically altered by an unwanted and awkward encounter with Salam, a self-assured and flirtatious salesman. With Salam now hostage to Sara’s confused and deluded plan, he battles desperately to appeal to her humanity and  sway her decision. In a moment of consideration and with her convictions crumbling before her, Sara is given the opportunity to witness the life and innocence she was so willing to destroy. But is this a second chance or an admission of guilt?

Title The Journey
Original Title The Journey
Directed by Mohamed Jabarah Al-Daradji
Starring Zahraa Gandour, Ameer Ali Jabarah
Genre Drama, Politics, History
Running time 82
Language English, Arabic
Nationality Iraq, United Kingdom, France, Qatar, Netherlands
Scriptwriter Mohamed Al Daradji, Isabelle Stead
Cinematographer Saif Aldeen, Duraid Munajim
Produced by Human Film, Iraqi Independent Film Centre, Lionceau Films, Iraqi Network Media
Local Release 2019 Mar 22
Film Status Completed


  • World Premiere - Toronto IFF 2017
  • Official Selection (Competition) - BFI London 2017
  • Official Selection (Competition) - Busan IFF 2017

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