Rise And Shine | Balloons Over Babylon

Balloons Over Babylon

Documentary, Sweden 2018
Middle East, Politics, Society, Sports

Documentary, Sweden 2018
Runtime: 70 min. / 52 min.
Director: Folke Rydén
Production: Folke Rydén Production AB


Murtada Al-Hachami loves his country Iraq. But he hates the world’s perception of it as a land of war and destruction. After 18 years of forced exile, he returns to his native Iraq. He is obsessed with the vision to attract the world by showcasing a beautiful and welcoming paradise. Together with his teenage son, he against all odds tries to convince politicians and investors to host the world‘s best hot air balloon pilots to peacefully fly their gigantic inflated vessels over Babylon and ancient Mesopotamia, the birthplace of human arts and culture.

At the same time, a new terrorist organization is beleaguering the war torn country and not everyone shares his dream. As Murtada puts it: “One day you will find me shot for what I’m doing.” The incredible story of one man’s quest to fight terrorism and promote peace & love by flying hot air balloons over his war-torn country.