Film Club Screening – Monday 19th September, Lexi Cinema 8pm

To mark UN Peace Day (21st September) Tipping Point’s next film club night at the Lexi Cinema in London will screen Mohamed Al Daradji’s Iraq, War, Love, God, Madness followed by a Q&A with the film’s co-producer and editor Danny Evans.

Truth is stranger than fiction, as seen in this personal journey into war-torn Iraq. Exiled Iraqi director Mohamed Al-Daradji returned to Baghdad in 2004 with the idea of shooting a feature film (Ahlaam) in the midst of war and violence.

The horrific toll on cast and crew during the making of Iraqi feature “Ahlaam” is told by its helmer, Mohamed Al-Daradji, in “War, Love, God & Madness. “More than merely a companion piece to the 2005 drama, (the) docu provides a disturbing look at the situation in occupied Baghdad, when safety was illusory and kidnapping and torture became not merely a hypothetical fear but a reality.” Jay Weissberg,Variety


The Film

Undeterred by the volatile situation and very real dangers, Mohamed visits his Baghdad home that he fled years previously. He realises the Iraq of his memories is long gone as he witnesses the effects of 35 years of dictatorship, 3 wars and the toll of occupation.  Finding the once-vibrant streets filled with unemployment, poverty and madness, he strives to make his film as planned. He is challenged by unimaginable risk and reverses as his camera reveals, instead, a world unravelling around him. As Mohamed rediscovers his homeland we see through his eyes the real Iraqi people and their spirit to survive.

The powerful title refers to the fact that, in Arabic, there is only one letter’s difference among the words war, love, god and madness.

“An amazing and uplifting documentary, which shows precisely how dangerous shooting in Iraq can be.” Mark Kermode, BBC

The film has screened at many festivals amongst which it was voted one of the top 10 Best Films at the Tribeca International Film Festival (2008);  won the Grand Jury Prize at the Ismailia International Film Festival (Egypt);  Jury Special Mention at the Moqavemat International Film Festival (Iran) 2010.

Post-film discussion and Q&A with Danny Evans

Danny Evans, a core member of the Humanfilm team, has in-depth knowledge of Iraq and the Middle East. He went to Iraq at the start of filming for their latest award winning film SON OF BABYLON and has spoken at many events including a panel with Michael Moore on the situation in Iraq. Humanfilm is currently leading Iraq’s Missing Campaign – an effort to bring attention and funding to the campaign to help families find and identify their missing relatives.


Tickets cost £5 and can be purchased through The Lexi Cinema website or by calling the box office on 0871 704 2069  (£1 Booking Fee). Tickets are free to TPFF regular givers and annual donors of more than £60.

Getting there

The Lexi Cinema is located at 194 Chamberlayne Road, Kensal Rise, NW10 3JU. It is around 7 minutes walk from Kensal Rise over-ground station and a good bus service runs from central London. The 52 (from Victoria) and the 6 (from Oxford Circus) stop directly outside the cinema. To map your route by public transport click here, and for a streetmap click here.

TPFF films at Greenbelt 27-29 August

TPFF films at Greenbelt 27-29 August

It’s Greenbelt time again! Find out more about  the amazing Greenbelt Arts Festival, 26-29th August here –  line up includes  Billy Bragg, The Unthanks, Kate Rusby, Don Letts, and the legendary Mavis Staples.

Once more, Tipping Point Film Fund is looking forward to hosting a documentary film strand as part of Greenbelt’s film programme this year.  The films reflect the theme for this year’s festival – ‘Dreams of Home’ – and will screen at the same time, 2.30pm, over the three days.  Each in their own way, tell stories of struggle and hope in the face of extreme adversity.

Budrus and Son of Babylon are screened in association with Dogwoof – our partner for these events.

All films are screened at the FILM venue.


Saturday 27th August   2.30-5pm. Iraq: War Love God & Madness – by Mohamed Al Daradji

Truth is stranger than fiction as we are led on a personal journey into Iraq, by director Mohamed Al-Daradji and his crew as, in 2004,  they attempt to shoot a feature film encircled by war and senseless violence. Undaunted by the volatile dangers this is an extraordinary feature documentary.

We are delighted to have producer Isabelle Stead join us for the post film discussion/Q&A.

More info and clip here:

Sunday 28th August 2.30-5pm. Budrus –  by Julia Bacha

A multi-award winning, action-packed documentary about a Palestinian community organizer, Ayed Morrar, who unites local Fatah and Hamas members along with Israeli supporters in an unarmed movement to save his village of Budrus from destruction by Israel’s Separation Barrier.

We are delighted to have Linda Ramsden, the UK Director of ICAHD UK, join us for the post film discussion. She has recently visited Budrus and will share her recent experiences with us in light of the film, as well as explain more about her extraordinary work with  ICAHD UK (Israeli Committee against house demolitions).

More info and clip here:

With special thanks to Dogwoof for their support of this event

Monday 29th August 2.30pm. Our Generation – by Sinem Saban and Damien Curtis.

Our Generation is a rollercoaster journey into the heart of  the struggle between Australia’s Indigenous peoples and the Austrialian government – a story most certainly not just about the past, but the present-day. A hidden shame that is pushing the world’s oldest living culture to the edge, reveals the shocking policies being pursued by the Australian government to remove them from their homelands.

More info and clip here:

Saturday 27th August 5pm  – Son of Bablyon

We are also screening Son of Babylon by Mohamed Al Daradji, which is the latest, highly acclaimed fiction film by this prolific director, also produced by Isabelle Stead.

The film will be followed by Q&A with Isabelle Stead, who will also tell us  more about the campaign that the film has created: Iraq’s Missing –

More info and clip here:

With thanks to Dogwoof for their support of this event