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

PG-13  |   |  Drama, War  |  23 February 2005 (France)
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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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Avaz Latif ...
Agrin
Saddam Hossein Feysal ...
Pashow
Hiresh Feysal Rahman ...
Hengov
Abdol Rahman Karim ...
Riga
Ajil Zibari ...
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On the Kurdish refugee camp on the Iraqi-Turkish border, the boy Satellite is the leader of the kids. He commands them to clear and collect American undetonated minefields in the fields to sell them in the street market and he installs antennae for the villagers. He goes with the local leader to buy a parabolic antenna to learn the news about the eminent American invasion but nobody speaks English and Satellite that knows a couple of words is assigned to translate the Fox News. When the orphans Agrin and her armless brother Hengov and the blind toddler Riga come from Halabcheh to the camp, Satellite falls in an unrequited love for Egrin. But the girl is traumatized by a cruel raid in her home, when her parents were murdered and she was raped. She wants to leave Riga behind and travel with her brother Hengov to another place, but he does not agree with her intention. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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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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Agrin: teach them math and science!
Satellite: they know math and science. they have to learn how to shoot now!
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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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