Saved by words (2009)

A film by Barbara den Uyl

Rodaan Al Galidi fled his fatherland Iraq. After many peregrinations, he ended up in the Netherlands. For more than seven years he waited in vain for a residence permit. Time and again he heard he would have to leave. He went into hiding in a student room 2 x 3 metres in size and taught himself Dutch. In this language, he writes columns, novels and poems, some of which have won prizes.

When his father was dying and the Dutch authorities refused him permission to say farewell, he packed up and left. He moved to Belgium, where the G is softer and the chickens are sweeter.

A poetic film juxtaposing melancholy and desire, humour and venom.


This film is available on DVD




53 minutes / colour
Direction and script: Barbara den Uyl
Camera: Peter Brugman n.s.c.
Sound: Gertjan Miedeman, Jac Vleeshouwers
Editing: Jan Ketelaars
Graphics: Mirka Duijn
Slides Irak: Charles van Santen
Photography Irak: Stevens
Translation Arabic: Susan Karam, Mustapha O. Abdelkrim
Scanning XDCam: Open studio
Commissioning editor NCRV: Jelle Peter de Ruijter
Production NCRV: Yolande van der Blij
Producer: Leen van den Berg

Distribution and sales: Van der Hoop Filmproducties

This film was made possible thanks to financial contributions from:
Stimuleringsfonds Nederlandse Culturele Omroepproducties and Thuiskopie Fonds

© Van der Hoop Filmproducties/NCRV 2009