1 user 2 critic

Golakani Kirkuk - The Flowers of Kirkuk (2010)

Both Sherko (S) and Mokhtar (M) are in love with Najla (N). She is so with S while M works in the dictator's police. N had just finished her medical studies in Rome, but intended to go on ... See full summary »


Fariborz Kamkari


Fariborz Kamkari, Naseh Kamkari (co-writer)
2 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »


Learn more

More Like This 

Burnout I (2017)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4/10 X  

BURNOUT starts with the young Ayoub's long-sighted look at a shop window. He is 13 years old and works as a shoe shopper, hoping to earn enough money to buy a bone prosthesis for his mother... See full summary »

Director: Nour Eddine Lakhmari
Stars: Morjana Alaoui, Sarah Perles, Karim Saidi
The Hybrid (2014)
Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.7/10 X  

An elite team of mercenaries is hired for a covert operation, deep inside a former Soviet state. Arriving at an underground laboratory, their mission is to secure specimens of genetically ... See full summary »

Director: Billy O'Brien
Stars: John Lynch, Morjana Alaoui, Craig Conway
Traitors (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Malika is the leader of the all-female punk rock band Traitors, with a strong vision of the world, her hometown of Tangier, and her place in it. When she needs money to save her family from... See full summary »

Director: Sean Gullette
Stars: Chaimae Ben Acha, Soufia Issami, Mourade Zeguendi
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

A thriller about a man haunted by a past trauma...

Director: Michael Dreher
Stars: Nikolai Kinski, Katharina Schüttler, Morjana Alaoui
Broken XIV (2016)
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  

A young female escapes her past and absconds to England in search of a new life. She takes a job caring for a tetraplegic but the burden of the job stirs up her past. It seems the limits of caring are not always as clear as they should be.

Director: Shaun Robert Smith
Stars: Morjana Alaoui, Mel Raido, Craig Conway
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

The whole family is reunited when Sofia comes back for her father's funeral. Quickly, inner problems are revealed.

Director: Laïla Marrakchi
Stars: Morjana Alaoui, Nadine Labaki, Hiam Abbass
Action | Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

A French journalist in Afghanistan is kidnapped by the Taliban.

Director: Stéphane Rybojad
Stars: Diane Kruger, Djimon Hounsou, Benoît Magimel
Martyrs (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A young woman's quest for revenge against the people who kidnapped and tormented her as a child leads her and a friend, who is also a victim of child abuse, on a terrifying journey into a living hell of depravity.

Director: Pascal Laugier
Stars: Morjana Alaoui, Mylène Jampanoï, Catherine Bégin


Cast overview:
Morjana Alaoui ... Najla
Ertem Eser Ertem Eser ... Sherko
Mohamed Zouaoui ... Mokhtar
Mohammad Bakri ... Old Sherko (as Mohammed Bakri)
Maryam Hassouni ... Rim
Ashraf Hamdi ... Rasheed
Falah Fleveh Falah Fleveh ... The Uncle
Shilan Rahmani Shilan Rahmani ... Bayan
Sarkaw Gorany Sarkaw Gorany ... Karim (as Sarkaw Gorani)
Darbaz Dara Darbaz Dara ... Rizgar
Fehd Benchemsi ... Hashem


Both Sherko (S) and Mokhtar (M) are in love with Najla (N). She is so with S while M works in the dictator's police. N had just finished her medical studies in Rome, but intended to go on and becoming a specialized doctor - when she receives a letter from S saying that she must forget him. She returns to Iraq and finds S after much difficulty. He has concealed a number of sick or injured fugitives in a house but can give them neither treatment nor even cleanliness. He says that she can be shot just for meeting him. M had followed her trail and the police arrests both N and S. After N had been beaten up a friendly officer tells that she had done a very great service by finding S. He had already posted a report according to which she voluntarily came and wanted to work for the police. She accepts the work as a police doctor, not because of cowardice but because she can collect and pass on information: the names of those who are murdered or tortured. She stops an execution of women and ... Written by Max Scharnberg, Stockholm, Sweden

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis



Parents Guide:

View content advisory »


Official Sites:

Official Facebook


Italy | Switzerland | Iraq


Italian | Arabic | Kurdish

Release Date:

19 November 2010 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

As Flores de Kirkuk See more »

Filming Locations:

Iraq See more »


Box Office


€1,400,000 (estimated)
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See full technical specs »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

An excellent movie about political oppression and intensive love
3 March 2013 | by scharnbergmax-seSee all my reviews

"The Flowers of Kirkuk" is formally movie of Italy/Switzerland, but the entire crew is Kurdish, and it was photographed in Iraq. Almost all talking is Kurdish and Arabian. On the one hand, it is a political film about the oppression of the Kurds during the Saddam Hussein regime. Partisans are tortured and murdered. Groups of women and children are just collected, driven to a place without witnesses, and shot. On the other hand it is a love movie with a triangle. Najla has just finished her study in Rome and is a medical doctor. There is deep reciprocal love between her and Sherko, who is not an organized partisan but conceals many sick and injured fugitives. But Mokhtar, a police officer, loves her as deeply. He follows her trail, and the police arrests both Najla and Sherko. After some initial beating Najla is offered to become a police doctor. She accepts, because then she can collect and pass over the names of people who are murdered and tortured. She even stops an execution of women and children by fabricating that one of the girls has cholera and her disease may kill several soldiers.

However, when Mokhtar understands that he cannot get Najla's love anyway, he risks his life – and is indeed shot – by helping both Najla and Sherko to escape the country. - This is not the end of the movie.

During the last two or three decades many political movies have been produced, and many contain much violence. The prominence of love is very different. Half a century ago numerous movies contained intensive love, which might be the central part of the plot. It would be a matter of routine to compile a list of one hundred such movies.

But during more than two decades movies with deep love have almost become exceptional. One of the best of these exceptions is "The Flowers of Kirkuk". It is as much a love drama as a political drama. And it is one of the best movies released during quite a few years.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See one user review »

Contribute to This Page

Stream Action and Adventure Titles With Prime Video

Explore popular action and adventure titles available to stream with Prime Video.

Start your free trial

Recently Viewed