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Turtles Can Fly (2004)
"Lakposhtha parvaz mikonand" (original title)

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Near the Iraqi-Turkish border on the eve of an American invasion, refugee children like 13-year-old Kak (Ebrahim), gauge and await their fate.

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Soran Ebrahim ...
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Agrin
Saddam Hossein Feysal ...
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Hiresh Feysal Rahman ...
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Abdol Rahman Karim ...
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Ajil Zibari ...
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Set in Ghobadi's native Kurdistan, close to the Turkey-Iran border. Soran is a 13-year-old boy who orders other children around as he installs an antenna for villagers keen to hear of Saddam's fall. Eventually, he falls for Agrin but is disturbed by her brother Henkov, who was left armless after he stepped on a landmine and who can now seemingly predict the future. Written by Sujit R. Varma

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Rated PG-13 for violence, disturbing images and mature thematic material, all involving children | See all certifications »

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$29,107 (USA) (18 February 2005)

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$256,822 (USA) (24 June 2005)
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Compelling film about life during war
12 September 2004 | by (Toronto, Canada) – See all my reviews

Incredible performances from a cast mainly comprised of children and teens. Director/writer Bahman Ghobadi blends day-to-day experiences common to people everywhere (falling in love, being asked to do something you don't really know how to do, etc ...) , with some of the realities of life in a Kurdish village in Iraq before the (most recent) war, to create an incredibly moving film. It is at once specific to its time and place, and universal. There is horror and humour, honour and compassion.

It's beautifully filmed, too, but the power comes totally out of the stories and the kids, who are in effect playing themselves.

I saw this at a festival, don't know what kind of distribution it will get, but I strongly recommend anyone who gets the chance going to see it.


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