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  • Summary: Husham works tirelessly to build the hopes, dreams and prospects of the 32 damaged children of war, under his care at a small orphanage in Baghdad’s most dangerous district. Against this threatening backdrop, with funds running desperately low, the bittersweet dramas of childhood play out: 7-year-old SAIF can only remember his dead mother’s name, ‘Mejuda’, as he faces the taunts of other kids in constant playground battles; teenager Mohammed struggles to balance academic life with his search for self-identity ; whilst young Salah fears he may never be able to go to school. When the landlord gives Husham and the boys just two weeks to vacate, a desperate search ensues. (Human Film) Expand
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  1. Positive: 4 out of 5
  2. Negative: 0 out of 5
  1. Reviewed by: Frank Scheck
    Oct 10, 2012
    80
    Few will fail to be moved by this portrait of selflessness in the face of near insurmountable odds.
  2. Reviewed by: Glenn Heath Jr.
    Oct 8, 2012
    75
    Throughout, it becomes clear that both the film and its subject are defined by the necessity of multitasking.
  3. Reviewed by: Michael Nordine
    Oct 2, 2012
    70
    Husham's efforts might be a drop in the bucket, but that only makes them more worthy of documenting, perhaps even celebrating.
  4. 63
    Roughly-made but illuminating, the Iraq documentary In My Mother's Arms is a brief immersion into life in a Baghdad boys' orphanage.
  5. Reviewed by: Jeannette Catsoulis
    Oct 8, 2012
    60
    In My Mother's Arms takes a distressing snapshot of an ongoing struggle.