Ali and His Miracle Sheep

9-year-old Ali hasn’t spoken since his father was beheaded by ISIS. Setting out on a pilgrimage across modern-day Iraq, he plans to sacrifice his favourite sheep Kirmeta at the shrine of an ancient saint. This personal journey becomes a lyrical meditation on hope for miracles amid the suffering of a nation.

*Piedmontese premiere

Ali and His Miracle Sheep,

by Maythem Ridha,

Iraq, UK 2021,



Maythem Ridha is an Iraqi filmmaker living and working between the Middle East and UK, with over 25 years experience of working on many award-winning film and photography projects. His works veer towards the lyrical and are creatively based on personal experience of living in exile or on his travels often going off-the-beaten track and exploring different cultures, communities and traditions. Ali and his Miracle Sheep, his latest installment from his short story collection Iraqi Tales, had its world premiere and won the prestigious Best Film Award at Sheffield Doc Fest UK Competition 2021 and has since been selected by over 20 major international festivals, winning several awards and prizes.

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