BAGHDAD, Jan. 31, 2019 - Mohammed al-Daradji (C), a filmmaker and the director of the Iraqi Independent Film Center, receives from French Ambassador to Iraq Bruno Aubert the Grand Prize from the Paris-based Arab World Institute in Baghdad, capital of Iraq, on Jan. 24, 2019. "Iraqis were and are still victims of recurrent upheavals. Through my films, I depict the Iraqi individual as the victim who rises to become a hero," Iraqi filmmaker Mohammed al-Daradji told Xinhua. TO GO WITH Feature: Iraq's Oscar candidate director aims to depict real life of Iraqis through films

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Mohammed al-Daradji, a filmmaker and the director of the Iraqi Independent Film Center, reacts during a screening of the Journey in Baghdad, capital of Iraq, on Jan. 24, 2019. "Iraqis were and are still victims of recurrent upheavals.

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