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Half Moon (2006)
"Niwemang" (original title)

 -  Comedy | Drama | Music  -  14 December 2007 (USA)
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Mamo, an old and legendary Kurdish musician living in Iran, plans to give one final concert in Iraqi Kurdistan. After seven months of trying to get a permit and rounding up his ten sons, he... See full summary »

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Ismail Ghaffari ...
Mamo
Allah-Morad Rashtian
Farzin Sabooni
Kambiz Arshi
Mohamad Nahid
Sadiq Behzadpoor
Ali Ashraf Rezai
Reza Haj Khosravi
Bahram Zarei
Hediyeh Tehrani ...
Hesho (as Hedieh Tehrani)
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Niwemang
Hassan Pourshirazi
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Mamo, an old and legendary Kurdish musician living in Iran, plans to give one final concert in Iraqi Kurdistan. After seven months of trying to get a permit and rounding up his ten sons, he sets out for the long and troublesome journey in a derelict bus, denying a recurring vision of his own death at half moon. Halfway the party halts at a small village to pick up female singer Hesho, which will only add to the difficulty of the undertaking, as it is forbidden for Iranian women to sing in public, let alone in the company of men. But Mamo is determined to carry through, if not for the gullible antics of the bus driver. Written by Swie Tio <sweet_t_prod@hotmail.com>

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Slow but enjoyable
4 April 2007 | by (Maastricht, The Netherlands) – See all my reviews

Also known as Half Moon this film is a road movie in which a number of Kurdish musicians living in Iran plan to travel to Iraqi-Kurdistan to give a concert. It starts with gathering the players of the band in a small town in Iran and then travels on by bus through the battered lands.

As expected from a road movie a number of things happens to the travelers and there is a nice balance between some mild comedy and some drama. Nothing of what happens is entirely out of touch and with that the film (or better said, the bus) rolls on with the gentle speed of a backwater river.

All in all, a pleasant but slow way to spend an evening, watching the adventures of a band of elder musicians on their way through life.

7 out of 10 faithful musicians


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