Funded by: UK Film Council / Film London / BFI
Short film   |  11 mins   |   Dir: Nimer Rashid

Featuring Georgina Leonidas, Riz Ahmed,

Synopsis: Maya dreams about going to fashion school while working at her father’s Arabic restaurant in London. But when forced to decide, which will come first: her father or her dream?


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Festivals & Screenings

Times BFI London Film Festival, Seattle Film Festival, Nashville Film Festival, Hamburg International Short Film Festival, New Orleans Film Festival, London Short Film Festival, Wood Green International Film Festival, East End Film Festival, Canary Wharf Film Festival, Jordan Short Film Festival, Houston International Film Festival, Crosby Street Hotel SoHo (screening before Paul Greengrass’s Green Zone), Féile na Bealtaine (Eire), AMAL Film Festival (Spain)


Maya  Georgina Leonidas
Nawaf  Nayef Rashed
Talal  Riz Ahmed
Interviewer Elizabeth Garvie
Louise Erin Wilson
Jake Philip James Booth
Maya's mother Alice Brickwood
Young Maya Ingrid Biggs


Writer/Director Nimer Rashed
Producers Georgie Weedon & Rose Wicksteed
Casting Director 
Rose Wicksteed
Director Of Photography Stuart Biddlecombe
Editor Richard Smither
Sound Designer Theo Green
Music Anna Rice
Production Designer Tim Dickel

Scroll down for full crew credits 

A Behind The Scenes video diary, giving an introduction to the casting process of the short film "Baghdad Express", 

Direction: Directed by Nimer Rashed
Assistant Director (1st) Ken Thompson-marchesi
Assistant Director (Crowd 2nd/3rd) Eduardo Garre Caroline Bowker
Rights: © UK Film Council © Film London
Production: Pulse Films and Gingerwink Films
Made with the support of UK Film Council New Cinema Fund
Made with the support of Film London
Presents UK Film Council
Presents Film London

Produced by Georgie Weedon and Rose Wicksteed
Line Producer Ross McKenzie
Film London Executive Johann Insanally
Location Scouting Tom Stourton and Checky Gardiner
Casting Director Rose Wicksteed
Casting Assistant Phil Booth

Written by Nimer Rashed
Script/Story Adviser Shelley Castle
Photography: Stuart Biddlecombe
Additional Camera Operator Danny Gagatt and Wei Hu and John Philips
Steady Cam Mike Scott
2nd Camera AssistantJP CaldeanoAdam HarrisDaniel CabreroAldo CamilleriPeter Van Jaarsfeld
Stills Photographer Johnny Briggs and Georgie Weedon
Visual Effects Jay Rigby
Editing: Richard Smither Simon Graham

Production Designer: Tim Dickel
Art Department: David Morison
Storyboard Artist Athier Mousawi
Costumes: Tamar Zaig
Costume Assistant Holly Dobson
Hair/Make-up Heather Mcmullen
Hair/Make-up Assistant Lily Iwata

Colourist Simon Graham
Camera Equipment Panavision UK
Lighting Equipment Panalux Limited
On-line LipSync Post

Original Score Anna Rice
Sound Designer Theo Green
Sound Recordist Simon Bysshe and Howard Bevan
Sound Re-recording Mixer Mark Paterson
Sound Mix Goldcrest (London)
Sound team Jeet ThakrarJames GoddardFitzroviaRebecca Morgan

Fashion Designer Consultant for Maya's designs  Osman Yousefzada