IN MY MOTHER'S ARMS, is from abused Iraqi boys. (If you choose to replace the world Iraqi with Saudi Arabian, Lebanese, Iranian, Libyan and on and on, I am not sure that there would be much difference in the end result.) The un-cared-for and un-cared-about children of the Middle East seem doomed to become the next generation's sacrificial cannon fodder, in this case with explosives strapped to their chests.
Atia and Mohamed Al-Daradji (shown above with Atia on the right), about a good man named Husham Al Thabe, who, with a very few friends/volunteers, cares for a group of orphans in Al-Sadr City, one of the least safe districts of Iraq. From the film's begin-ning and throughout, we see Hasham on the phone and in person, literally begging for funds to help run his "safe house" for these orphans. The filmmaking brothers follow Hasham and his kids: he to his home, where his family wants more of him and less of those orphans; the kids at play and to their school and later to a theater project aimed at giving them (and one boy in particular) greater life.
Maysles Cinema, as part of the Cinema's Documentary in Bloom series. Click here for directions, tickets or more information.