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American Herro (2009)

American Herro is the remarkable story of a young Kurdish girl who comes to America as a refugee from Iraq and lives out the American dream. 30-years later, traveling the globe working for ... See full summary »

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Kirk Roos

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Kirk Roos
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Herro Mustafa Herro Mustafa ... Herself
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American Herro is the remarkable story of a young Kurdish girl who comes to America as a refugee from Iraq and lives out the American dream. 30-years later, traveling the globe working for Condoleeza Rice, U.S. Diplomat Herro Mustafa invites her first American friend, filmmaker Kirk Roos, to visit Iraq and retrace her steps to freedom. Written by Anonymous

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A Kurdish woman's plight to define and defend freedom.

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Iraq

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Kurdish | English

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17 February 2009 (USA) See more »

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$100,000 (estimated)
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Color

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1.78 : 1 / (high definition)
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A small film with a big story
8 November 2009 | by carssalefargoSee all my reviews

I saw this documentary on PBS recently and really enjoyed it. I didn't know anything about Kurds before this film, and was amazed to hear this side of the story about the Iraq war.

The main character, Herro, and her family witnessed nothing short of a miracle. After surviving Saddam killing 100,000's of Kurds, then to live a great life in the U.S., and going all the way up to work at the White House, is a pretty unique story. I don't think too many refugees have done that. So, that was cool.

The movie was very nice, and the director, was also a childhood friend of Herro's. I'm amazed that PBS has done such a good job of finding independent filmmakers with true stories out there, and small films! I did wonder what the budget was. This was one of those that was so small, and personal, that it had that homey sort of feel. A lot of the footage was very cool to look at, they used a lot of old clips from Iraq and the 80's. The only negative was that it felt a little patriotic and it almost seemed to make out the main character as a "hero" instead of "Herro", but maybe that was the point.

It will be interesting to follow the career of this woman now with the new administration.


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