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Turtles Can Fly (2004)

Lakposhtha parvaz mikonand (original title)
PG-13 | | Drama, War | 23 February 2005 (France)
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.

Director:

Bahman Ghobadi

Writer:

Bahman Ghobadi
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Cast

Cast overview:
Soran Ebrahim Soran Ebrahim ... Satellite
Avaz Latif Avaz Latif ... Agrin
Saddam Hossein Feysal Saddam Hossein Feysal ... Pashow
Hiresh Feysal Rahman Hiresh Feysal Rahman ... Hengov
Abdol Rahman Karim Abdol Rahman Karim ... Riga
Ajil Zibari Ajil Zibari ... Shirkooh
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Storyline

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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Genres:

Drama | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Details

Official Sites:

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Country:

Iran | France | Iraq

Language:

Kurdish | Arabic | English

Release Date:

23 February 2005 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Turtles Can Fly See more »

Filming Locations:

Kurdistan, Iraq See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$23,326, 20 February 2005

Gross USA:

$258,578

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,075,553
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Mij Film Co., Bac Films See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| | (TV)

Sound Mix:

Dolby | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The first film to be made in Iraq since the fall of Saddam Hussein. See more »

Quotes

Agrin: teach them math and science!
Satellite: they know math and science. they have to learn how to shoot now!
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References Titanic (1997) See more »

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The Heartbreaking War that Is not Shown on TV News
22 April 2014 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

On the Kurdish refugee camp on the Iraqi-Turkish border, the boy Satellite (Soran Ebrahim) 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 (Avaz Latif) and her armless brother Hengov (Hiresh Feysal Rahman) 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.

"Lakposhtha parvaz mikonand", a.k.a. "Turtles can Fly", is a heartbreaking movie with a war that is not shown on TV News where the victims are the children. The cast is formed by real refugees and is impressive the top-notch performances of the children. The title is curious since turtles lives on the water and on the land but do not fly. However, it is a metaphor since Bahman Ghobadi compares this reptile that moves from water to the land with the homeless Kurds that migrate moving forward. The fly might be a metaphor for the liberation from Saddam Hussein's regime. My vote is eight.

Title (Brazil): "Tartarugas Podem Voar" ("Turtles can Fly")


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