Maythem Ridha is an Iraqi filmmaker living and working between the Middle East and UK. With over 25 years experience, his work is creatively based on his personal experience of living in exile, and his travels often going off-the-beaten-path to explore different cultures, communities and traditions. While a student at the University of Oxford and the UK's prestigious National Film and Television School, Ridha wrote Iraqi Tales, an anthology of films that he had been putting together since the early 2000s. From this, the film Drifting on the Wind was chosen by over 20 international film festivals, winning the Director’s Award at Hearts & Minds. His film Al-Baghdadi won the Gold Prize for Best Foreign Language Film at the International Filmmaker Festival. His latest installment, Ali and His Miracle Sheep (Mountainfilm 2022), world premiered and won the 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.