October 8, 2012
Directors: Atia Al-Daradji, Mohamed Jabarah Al-Daradji
MPAA Rating: N/A
Starring: Saif Husham
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An desperate phone call requesting donations for a makeshift Iraqi orphanage first brought filmmaking brothers Atia and Mohamed Jabarah Al-Daradji to a two-bedroom house in the notoriously dangerous Baghdad neighborhood of in Al-Sadr. Husham, an unlikely hero working tirelessly without state support to shelter and protect more than thirty children, had been given two weeks to vacate the premises and had neither money nor resources at his disposal. The children in his care are in dire straits: Saif can’t remember anything about his dead mother but her name; Mohammed struggles to balance school life with his search for self-identity; and Salah, who is too traumatized to speak, fears he may never be able to go to school. An acclaimed selection of the Toronto, San Francisco, Abu Dhabi and CPH:DOX film festivals, "In My Mother's Arms" is a powerful reminder that the battlefield is only one of many places one can find the victims of war.