Al-Daradji previously made Oscar submission Ahlaam and War, Love, God and Madness.
The project is being backed by the UK Film Council's Develpment Fund, Fond Sud (CNC), Screen Yorkshire's Development Fund, and the Kurdish and Iraqi Ministries of Culture.
Producers are Human Film's Isabell Stead and Atia Al-Daradji of Iraq Al-Rafidain.
Executive producers are Pippa Cross of CrossDay and Antonia Bird of 4Way.
Co-producers are Dimitri de Clerq of France's CRM-114 and Rashid Masharawi of France and Palestine.
Um-Hussein is about an elderly mother's journey to bring her son, an army deserter, home in war-torn Iraq.