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Good Kurds, Bad Kurds: No Friends But the Mountains (2000)

A war of national liberation or a war against terrorism? Film-maker and acclaimed freelance journalist Kevin McKiernan poses this question at the outset of this stirring, provocative film ... See full summary »

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A war of national liberation or a war against terrorism? Film-maker and acclaimed freelance journalist Kevin McKiernan poses this question at the outset of this stirring, provocative film shot in part by legendary cinematographer Haskell Wexler. It's all in how you define "good" and "bad." "Good Kurds" are those in Iraq: they're Saddam Hussein's victims, whom we want to help. "Bad Kurds" are those waging an armed insurrection against Turkey, an American ally: they're at the receiving end of U.S. weaponry. McKiernan went to northern Iraq to cover the revolt against Saddam Hussein. Just a few miles away, no one was covering the hidden war in Turkey. McKiernan determined he would report the story independently. 'Good Kurds, Bad Kurds' brings a sharp clarity to a complex history, while providing disturbing insight into immigration practices and U.S. foreign policy. Written by Maggie Butte

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A Breath taking manifestation of Facts
30 November 2001 | by (Pasadena, California) – See all my reviews

No matter what the Turkish people or the officials will say, I think everything in this documentary was a fact, and even I think, as a Kurd who has lived in that region I believe there is more to it.

The Kurdish people have suffered throughout the history. They have suffered from massacres, from assimilations, from being subject to sacrifices in the name of the Global politics, while all along, all they have wanted is being recognized as an identity, and having some social and cultural rights in the very basic humanitarian sense. They wanted these through politics, their parties were closed, their parliament members were imprisoned. Military action didn't bring any good either because of the outnumbering of militia pouring on them. They are divided among four countries. The people from the same ethnicity, the same language are separated by four borders. So their fate is all a matter of political preferences of these countries and in most cases they are just ignored and sometimes treated harshly.

The documentary reflected nearly a decade of McKiernan's loyal work. It gives the main facts about the position of Kurds in Turkey and the major events of the last decade. It gives a very good insight to the matter, and we Kurds are very grateful to him for this laborious effort. I think everybody should watch this documentary, at least everybody that wants to know how life is like in some other parts of the world. As a result, I think it is ten out of ten.


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