Strong-willed architect Amal, introvert poet Taufiq and closeted gay IT specialist Muhanad love meeting up at a little café in central London. They‘re all Iraqi expats, still caught up in their past and yearning for freedom. Everything changes when Amal’s husband, a former informant of Saddams regime, suddenly shows up in London…

Taufiq, an old failed writer, Amal, a wife in hiding, and Muhanad, a clandestine gay IT-specialist all meet at Abu Nawas, a cosy café and popular hangout for Iraqi exiles in London. Instigated by the preacher of a Salafist mosque, the writer’s nephew Nasseer, a fanatic religious youth, attacks his uncle and turns everyone’s life upside down.

BAGHDAD IN MY SHADOW is directed by the multiple award-winning filmmaker Samir (Swiss Oscar entry „Iraqi Odyssey“, „Forget Baghdad“, „Always & Forever“) and shows how various ways of life, traditional and modern, atheist and Muslim, collide in a little cafe in the middle of London - an explosive mix staged with empathy and authenticity. Amal is played by Zahraa Ghandour (TIFF entry "The Journey") and other cast members include Kerry Fox („Intimacy“, „Bright Star“), Myriam Abbas („Homeland“), Ken Bones (Ridley Scott’s „Exodus - God and Kings“), Daniel Adegboyega („Transformers - The Last Knight“), and Felix Scott („Inception“), with Haytham Abdulrazaq delivering a stunning performance as Taufiq.


Arabian Sights Audience Award 2019 at Arabian Sights Film Festival Washington DC (USA)