Leaving Baghdad

Award winning feature film by sreenwriter/director/producer Koutaiba Al-Janabi


British Independent Film Awards (category winner)

Gulf Film festival (First prize)

Monaco Film Festival (Special Jury Prize)

Selected by festivals in Belgium, India, Spain, Thailand, Iran, Germany, Sweden etc.


From the press:


“Koutaiba Al-Janabi’s low-budget road movie, ...., a thoughtfully paced story of Saddam Hussein’s personal cameraman Sadik (Sadik Al- Attar) seeking to escape to the UK, but haunted by the disappearance of his son. A challenging, provocative and controversial film, it is likely to find a home at other film festivals, and could well intrigue distributors.”

Screen Daily - Mark Adams


“Shot by Al-Janabi himself with a gnawing sense of urgency and paranoia, this is a chilling insight into the nightmare of having to live with the consequence of one's actions.”

Empire -  David Parkinson


“The Hollywood version would have frantic car and train chases, squealing tyres, exotic locations, fast-cut action sequences and nerve-jarring music. Leaving Baghdad has no truck with such tricks. Its low-budget, slow, deliberate – except for the flashbacks to the police beatings and murders.” 

OneWorld - Daniel Nelson



Dogwoof, London (distributor UK/Ireland)


MEC film, Berlin (Distributor worldwide - without US and French speaking territories)


Artistic Finances, Paris (Distributor - French speaking territories, US)


Discussion about "Leaving Baghdad"


Q&A with Koutaiba Al-Janabi after the screening at the BFI 


The film available on i-tunes


Latest news


Article in the newspaper Al-Arabi 




Article in the newspaper Al-Mada by Ala Almaafragi



"The Woodman" - test screening hosted by the BFI (British Film Institute) London,


June 2019



"The Art of Exile" - Filmmaking masterclass with Koutaiba Al-Janabi at the British Film Institute, London


June 2019



"STORIES OF PASSERS THROUGH" won the best international experimental feature film title at the London International Motion Pictures Awards

May 2019


"The Woodman" - post production grant awarded by the Doha Film Institute

June 2019



"THE WOODMAN" won the Jury's Post-Production award at the Cairo Film Connection.


December 2018


"THE WOODMAN"- selected for the Cairo Film Connection, November 2018



"Stories of Passers Through" at the Ji.hlava creative documentary film festival in the Czech Republic  and at the Delhi International Film Festival in India (October 2018) (October 2018)


"Stories of Passers Through" at the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London, as part of the Safar festival (September 2018)


"Stories of Passers Through" at the Dubai International Film Festival 2017, in the Muhr feature category (December 2017)







Screening of "Leaving Baghad" in Libya

19-23 February 2013



Screening of "Leaving Baghdad" in Cambridge, on 12 March 2013



Koutaiba Al-Janabi's Photography collection "Foreign Light" published - available from March 2013.