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Happy Birthday (2013) -

Iraq, U.K., Netherlands, Hungary | 2013 | 8 min.

On the anniversary of “Black Wednesday”, and his 5th birthday, a young boy is taken to visit his father’s grave. Distracted by his toy car, the little boy wanders off and becomes lost in the labyrinth of graves where he meets an unconventional new friend who will mysteriously lead him back to his mother.

CountryIraq, U.K., Netherlands, Hungary
Duration8 min
SubtitleSimultanneous translation into
Directed by Mohanad Hayal
Screenplay Mohanad Hayal, Yasser Karim
Director of Photography Muther Anem
Music Mustafa Zaeer
Edited by Maha Bazzy
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Mohanad Hayal (1985) is a screenwriter and director. He graduated from the Faculty of Art and Film at Baghdad University. He worked as an assistant director then began shooting his own short films. He is currently working for the Iraqi Independent Film Center.This film is a part of the set Iraqi Childhood.