Synopsis by Mark Deming
A family hangs on the hope of finding a loved one during a time of chaos and change in this drama from director Mohamed al-Daradji. In 1991, Ahmed (Yasser Taleeb) was a Kurdish boy only a few months old when his father was taken prisoner during the war in the Persian Gulf, and no one has heard from him since. Ahmed's family has long believed he might still be held in Northern Iraq, and as Saddam Hussein is driven from power by American forces in 2003, Ahmed and his grandmother Um-Ibrahim (Shezhad Hussein) travel to the North in hopes of finding the missing member of the family. Twelve-year-old Ahmed would like to find his father, but the long and wearing journey is taxing for a boy of twelve years, and his impatient outbursts often try Um-Ibrahim's patience. In time, Ahmed and Um-Ibrahim find a valuable ally in their search in Musa (Bashir al-Majid), a former member of Saddam's elite guard left in limbo after the liberation of Iraq. Son Of Babylon received its North American premiere at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival.