Al Qadisiyya

Al Qadisiyya is a 1981 Iraqi drama film directed by Salah Abu Seif. It was entered into the 12th Moscow International Film Festival.[1] The historical film was produced in tandem with Egypt and with Iraq’s Cinema and Theatre Department.[2]

Al Qadisiyya
Directed bySalah Abu Seif
Written byMahfouz Abdel Rahman
Ali Ahmad Bakathir
Salah Abu Seif
StarringSoad Hosny
Ezzat El Alaili
Shaza Salem
Hassan Al-Jundi
Music byWalid Gholmieh
Release date
  • 13 July 1981 (1981-07-13)
Running time
145 minutes


The film portrays the Battle of al-Qadisiyyah, in which the Islamic army of Sa'd ibn Abi Waqqas (after the death beforehand of Al-Muthanna ibn Haritha) definitively ended the Sassanid Empire by defeating the Persian forces of Rostam Farrokhzad.[2]



The cost of production was estimated at 4 million Iraqi dinars, at the time equivalent to 15 million dollars. It was the most expensive Arab film production in history at the time.[3][4]


  1. ^ "12th Moscow International Film Festival (1981)". MIFF. Archived from the original on 21 April 2013. Retrieved 25 January 2013.
  2. ^ a b "Al Qadisiya". El Cinema. Retrieved 6 June 2021.
  3. ^ "تحول اكبر انتاج سينمائي الى أكثر فيلم مغمور في تاريخ السينما العربية". Eye on Cinema. 21 December 2019. Retrieved 6 June 2021.
  4. ^ Davis, Eric (2005). Memories of State: Politics, History, and Collective Identity in Modern Iraq. Berkeley: University of California Press. ISBN 978-9953-36-242-7. Retrieved 6 June 2021.

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