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In My Mother's Arms

In My Mother's Arms (2012)

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A 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:

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All Critics (7) | Top Critics (4) | Fresh (7) | Rotten (0)

"In My Mother's Arms" takes a distressing snapshot of an ongoing struggle.

October 7, 2012 Full Review Source: New York Times
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Husham's efforts might be a drop in the bucket, but that only makes them more worthy of documenting, perhaps even celebrating.

October 2, 2012 Full Review Source: Village Voice
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Roughly-made but illuminating, the Iraq documentary In My Mother's Arms is a brief immersion into life in a Baghdad boys' orphanage.

August 31, 2012 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
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Raw emotional content trumps rough filmmaking style.

September 21, 2011 Full Review Source: Variety
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Throughout, it becomes clear that both the film and its subject are defined by the necessity of multitasking.

October 5, 2012 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
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Gripping documentary about Iraqi orphans should bring attention to a neglected population.

October 4, 2012 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

Deeply moving although simply made documentary about 32 Iraqi orphans looked after by a man who symbolizes the sad nation's best hopes.

September 20, 2012 Full Review Source: rec.arts.movies.reviews
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