• Released
  • August 31, 2012
  • NR , 1 hr 22 min
  • Art House/Foreign


While the war in Iraq has brought great devastation to the Middle Eastern nation, among those who have suffered the most are children; 800,000 youngsters have been left without parents due to the conflict, a statistic all the more horrible in a country where child protective services are minimal at best and state-run orphanages are small and poorly run (it his estimated that a child in a state orphanage has a thirty-three percent chance of either being beaten, sexually abused or recruited into a terrorist group). Husham Al-Dhbe is a man who was appalled at what he saw happening to Iraq's orphans and decided to do something about it. Al-Dhbe rented a house and established a private home for orphaned boys, which became a haven for thirty-two homeless children. However, while Al-Dhbe intentions are noble, keeping his orphanage running has been an uphill battle; he has few helpers to look after the kids, he's been unable to cut through the red tape that would gain him government funding, and he scrambles for donations to feed the boys and pay the rent on their home as he tries to find time to look after his own wife and kids. Filmmakers Atia Al Daradji and Mohamed Al Daradji present a moving portrait of Husham Al-Dhbe and his ongoing battle to help these young survivors in the documentary In My Mother's Arms. Produced in co-operation with the cable news network Al-Jazeera English, In My Mother's Arms was an official selection at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

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