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'The Journey': An Iraqi film in Iraqi cinema after 27 years

Iraqi cinemas are making a comeback to display Iraqi films commercially, starting with director Mohammed al-Daradji's psychological thriller "The Journey."

Based loosely on a real incident involving the intense psychological dichotomy of a potential suicide bomber, the film "The Journey" ("Al-Rihla") by Iraqi director Mohamed al-Daradji made its debut in Iraq on March 1 in six provinces and was screened at the same time in three cinemas in Baghdad.

Before its Baghdad screening, the film appeared at 15 international film festivals, the first being the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival in September. But it is the in-country, in-cinema showings that are most significant to many of the country's motion-picture fans.

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