IMAD’S CHILDHOOD
IMAD’S CHILDHOOD

IMAD’S CHILDHOOD

Director Zahavi Sanjavi

Production year 2021

Length 77min.

Country Iraq/Sweden/Latvia

screenings

06 Oct 2021 12․30 Moscow Cinema, Blue Hall
06 Oct 2021 20․00 Moscow Cinema, Blue Hall

SYNOPSIS

After two and a half years in captivity, Imad, his little brother Idan, and their mother Ghazala are released into a displaced persons' camp in Kurdistan. Healing from the trauma is hard for all of them, but it seems Imad is having a particularly tough time. Not yet five, he has already spent over half his life enduring terror, abuse, and "training" meant to make him heartless. Speaking only Arabic, he cannot communicate with his family, and the only means of expression at his disposal is violence. He hits and spits, and his only game is pretending to be an ISIS fighter who shoots, blows things up, and kills. This poignant film follows him as he takes hesitant steps on the hard road to recovery, guided and held by his mother, his grandmother, and an incredibly supportive therapist.

CAST & CREW

Zahavi Sanjavi
Zahavi Sanjavi

Director

Producer(s)

Zahavi Sanjavi

Script

Zahavi Sanjavi

Director of Photography

Heshmatolla Narenji

Production designer

Irina Sanjavi

Music by

Katharina Nuttall

Sound

Aleksanders Vaicahovskis, Heshmatolla Narenji

Edit

Eva Hillström

Production company(ies)

AVB Production

Zahavi Sanjavi

Born 1967. Zahavi Sanjavi was born in Arbil, Kurdistan, Iraq. Since 1990, he lives in Sweden. Zahavi pursued his studies in the field of scriptwriting and filmmaking at All-Russian State University of Cinematography in Moscow. Within nine years he worked for TV in Iraqi Kurdistan. Zahavi works in Sweden on his documentary and feature films as director, scriptwriter and producer.


Filmography

Sharabot (2000), Game and Nothing More (2001, short), Night Flight (2002), The Border (2005, short), All My Mothers (2009), Finding My Father (2012), The Return (2016), I Am Nadias Sister (2018), Coexistence (2019), The Right to Learn One's Own Language (2020), Imad’s Childhood (2021).

FILMS 2021