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Turbulence (2014)

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Sherzad, a former electrical engineer from Iraqi Kurdistan, tries his best to lead a normal life in Canada, his adopted country. His estranged young daughter, Jina, numbs herself with drugs... See full summary »

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Soran Mardookhi

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Soran Mardookhi
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Credited cast:
Jovan Arsic Jovan Arsic ... Drug Dealer
Jason Asuncion ... Specialist Physician
Nasyar Awl Nasyar Awl ... Kardo
Meagan Buggey ... Doctor
Jack Christofferson ... Drug Dealer in Rehab
Zanyar Farhadi Zanyar Farhadi
Lorraine Forster Lorraine Forster ... Building Manager
Jennifer Haffner Jennifer Haffner ... Jina's Friend in Rehab (as Jenn Haffner)
Rzgar Hama Rashed Rzgar Hama Rashed ... Director of Kurdish House
Camillia Mahal ... Jina
Muaid Mahmood Muaid Mahmood ... Restaurant Owner
Bill Marles Bill Marles ... David
Kasey Ryne Mazak ... Lawyer
Andréa Vawda ... Therapist
Kamal Yamolky Kamal Yamolky ... Sherzad
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Sherzad, a former electrical engineer from Iraqi Kurdistan, tries his best to lead a normal life in Canada, his adopted country. His estranged young daughter, Jina, numbs herself with drugs in order to forget her bitter past but has a hard time fitting in, even amongst the misfits. Jina and her father both have to resort to desperate measures to deal with their situation. Written by Anonymous

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A family destroyed
27 January 2017 | by hof-4See all my reviews

A relentlessly dark movie showing a Kurdish Iraqui family (or, rather what remains of it, father Sherzad and daughter Jina) trying to conduct a normal existence in Vancouver after a life-shattering experience in Iraq.

This is a quality movie in all senses. Acting is outstanding; Kamal Jamolky as Sherzad and Camillia Mahal as Jina do an excellent job, the rest of the actors measuring up to them. I was impressed by the work of Jenn Haffner, who has a brief part as Jina's friend in rehab. Haffner gives her character such a sunny, positive personality that illuminates the movie, at least for a while.

Director Soran Mardookhi tells the tale fluidly and with good pacing. The movie is not easy to watch, although it is probably realistic; there are no breaks for anybody here in spite of the kindness of some friends and strangers. Drug addiction is shown in a harsh, uncompromising way.

This is a movie to watch if you have the courage. Mardookhi is a Kurdish filmmaker based in Vancouver who has produced numerous short films and two features. Turbulence is the second. I expect to see more of his work.


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