"Folke rydén's documentary is interesting but the painfully obvious"
"the movie review. Would you like to soar up in a hot air balloon over an area where it explodes and pops?"
"DOCUMENTARY. Most of us have a clear picture of Iraq. Bombs and grenades. Of death and suffering. Shias and sunni in an eternal power struggle."
"Now, to the documentary filmmaker and former correspondent Folke Rydén change the image and present a different Iraq. He, along with Murtada al-Hachami, a man of 40 years old, who once fled from Saddam Hussein, created a new life in the Uk and returned with his family to Iraq after Saddam's fall."
"In the film expresses Murtada their immense love for their home country and get a crazy idea – what if he would invite a bunch of international luftballongsentusiaster. As a symbol of peace and love they would be able to fill the Baghdad sky with their pretty balloons."
"Murtada to get a hold of a real veteran, a dutchman in the 70s (Ton Kurvers, whose company now has plans ballooning in Pajala in the winter), but just when he has gathered a colourful bunch from several different countries, including Sweden, may they know that the new sprängdåd makes a trip to Iraq is dangerous. "
"after all, It is 2014 and they have tajmat this project just in time for the ICE rampage."
"It will be a trip nevertheless, even if most of the ballonggrupperna drop out. Once you have arrived in Baghdad face one bureaucratic problem after another, and there will be fractions in the group. Murtada pressed hard, but smile and try to paint lipstick on this pig, so to speak."
"Choose to see a glass half-full"
"Enough, it is interesting to get a different vardagsbild of a middle-class Baghdad than we are accustomed to seeing. Murtada is certainly an entrepreneur who chooses to see a glass half-full."
"But Ryden's constant attempts to dramatize every little turn feels övertydliga and a little clumsy. Especially since several of the events (apart from the ICE presence), it is not really so dramatic."
the "”Above Babylon” opens nationwide on Friday, 12 april."