One Day in Khadimiya Prison for Women

  • 51'
  • Iraq
  • 2008
Despite the exceptional conditions Iraq is in, Iraqi directors are still able to surprise us with exceptional films. This documentary is an example.
It is the first time in the history of Iraqi cinema that a film crew was granted access to a prison, its halls and cells, to talk to its female detainees. The movie registers the daily life in prison for 22 days, but it is documented as one day, because all days within these walls are completely identical.
The daily routine of the prisoners' life make them complain about everything. The camera manages to bring us very close to their desperation and hopelessness. Most of these women describe the misery they are living in very intensely.
The film crew had a lot of difficulties dealing with the prisoners. Some women ran away from the camera, afraid of bringing shame to their families. In Eastern societies such as Iraq, being imprisoned as a woman for whatever reason is totally unacceptable.
One Day in Khadimiya Prison for Women discusses the daily life of its residents starting from the objectives of the prison administration: rehabilitation and reformation.
Director
Oday Salah
Premiere
World premiere
Country of production
Iraq
Production Year
2008
Festival Edition
IFFR 2008
Length
51'
Medium
DV cam
Language
Arabic
Producers
Ghaith Salman Ali, Oday Salah
Production Company
Yekoon production & distribution
Sales
Yekoon production & distribution
Cinematography
Oday Salah