In My Mother's Arms Reviews
The children are mostly orphans of people killed or kidnapped; all traumatized to various degrees and in need of special attention. Husham wants to make sure they mingle with normal children at school in order not to grow up feeling alienated. He counts on a number of volunteers to assist him, but with every passing day they face a different obstacle. One day, the landlord decides to the orphanage should be vacated within two weeks. The children risk sleeping in the streets and Husham doesn't know where to turn to for help.
"In My Mother's Arms" was one of the most compelling documentaries that showed at the 2012 Gulf Film Festival. The children are undoubtedly the main stars, growing a little too fast in a war-torn country. As Saif, around 8 years old, sings at one point: "I'm too young to endure all this". He is filled with bitterness and mystery and doesn't remember his parents who were killed in a bombing. All he remembers is his mother's name. Only music brings him out of his silence.
"In My Mother's Arms" reflects a reality that affects a whole generation of young Iraqis, who if not properly taken care of, might end up in extremist groups. This is not simply a documentary - it has a more noble purpose.