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Bekas (2012)

Iraq in the early 1990 was a devastating land to survive in. When we think of Iraq, the first thing that tends to pop into our minds is the war and Saddam Hussein. But there is another side... See full summary »

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Zamand Taha ... Zana
Sarwar Fazil ... Dana
Diya Mariwan ... Helliya
Suliman Karim Mohamad ... Baba Shalid
Rahim Hussen ... Mama Hama
Abdulrahman Mohamad ... Osman
Shirwan Mohamad ... Jamal
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Iraq in the early 1990 was a devastating land to survive in. When we think of Iraq, the first thing that tends to pop into our minds is the war and Saddam Hussein. But there is another side too - it is perhaps the most notorious country in the world and it goes by the name Kurdistan. Welcome to BEKAS. This is a story about two homeless brothers (Zana, 6) and (Dana, 10) who live on the edge of survival. In the beginning of the story they catch a glimpse of Superman through a hole in the wall at the local cinema. Zana and Dana decide that they want to go to America and live with Superman. Once they get there he can solve all their problems, make their lives easy and punish everyone that has been mean to them. Zana, the younger brother, starts to make a list of all people he is going to tell Superman to punish. On top of the list is Saddam Hussein. Dana on the other hand makes a concrete plan for what they need to get there; money, passports, transportation and a way to get across the ... Written by Karzan Kader

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Lazy Slumdog Millionaire rip-off
21 January 2014 | by See all my reviews

Growing up in Central Europe, I've seen a thousand local movies about poor and naive people chasing the "American Dream", and this is just another one. (Only this time it's a Swedish one with Iraqi kids). The director is trying so hard to create a movie like "Life Is Beautiful" or "Slumdog Millionaire", that it's almost laughable. The characters can't read a map, they think that the USA is beyond the next mountain, and scene-by-scene the film tried harder to make me feel sorry for these kids. But it was so forced, that eventually I couldn't.

The dialogues are quite weird, the actors are actually bad, and one of them is really annoying with his continuous shouting. But to write something positive, the cinematography and the scenery is beautiful, and it sometimes made me forget about the rest of the movie.

Director Karzan Kader basically re-shot his short film (also called "Bekas") from 2010. I mean, literally. The shots, the sets are all the same, only this one is one hour longer. But all for nothing, because the additional story material (e.g. the love interest of one of the characters) just makes it worse. So if you're interested in this one, I'd recommend watching the short film instead, you'll lose nothing.


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