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Relocated Mountains (2008)

TV Movie  -   -  Documentary  -  13 April 2008 (USA)
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In this touching documentary Kurdish refugee Sirwan Namo travels across the world from New Zealand to Iraq in order to reconnect with the family he was forced to leave in 1982. When Sirwan ... See full summary »

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In this touching documentary Kurdish refugee Sirwan Namo travels across the world from New Zealand to Iraq in order to reconnect with the family he was forced to leave in 1982. When Sirwan Namo was just a boy his family fled from Iraq during the Kurdish genocide of Saddam Husseins' regime. He and his family would eventually find a new home in New Zealand as political refugees. Now, in the face of escalating violence, Sirwan risks his life to retrace his journey to freedom and to fulfill his promise to be reunited with his dying grandmother. Relocated Mountains takes the viewer on a personal journey through the Middle East and into Iraq, offering a rare opportunity to witness the reality of life in and around the war-zone, while giving insight into the Kurds, a people who have lived through one of the most devastating dictatorships in modern history. Written by Butobase Film and TV

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Nice...But Why?
30 May 2008 | by (San Rafael, California) – See all my reviews

I feel a bit funny about leaving a "negative" comment on a film with no comments, but I get the distinct impression that this entire film existed as an excuse for the film's subject to re- unite with his family. This is a wonderful event, indeed, but as the film ended I felt I had learned little and seen a lot. So much of the information was dispensed in generalizations and lambasted with emotion that when the film ended, I wasn't sure I received what was so nobly promised in the beginning of the film. From seeing reactions of the Kurdish people of Syriah, Lebanon, etc., I did not get the impression that hope was being passed on to the countless hoards of Kurdish refugees as was the intent, and as the film wound to a close I began to realize that the film was more about the narrator than the people for whom he set out to make this film.

I suggest seeing NEW YEAR BABY, about a similar subject - The Kmer Rouge genocide in Cambodia. Somehow they managed to touch on all points, the personal and the plural.

This film seemed to exist simply to show the reaction of its protagonist to his own past, one I feel no greater closeness to after having seen the film.


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