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Directed by Bahman Ghobadi

2004, in Kurdish with English subtitles


98 minutes


Turtles Can Fly

Lakposhtha parvaz mikonand

Thirteen-year-old Kak and other refugee children near the Iraqi-Turkish border await their fate on the eve of an American invasion.

“I was totally unprepared for the exuberance and unforgettable power of Kurdish director Bohman Ghobadi’s (Time For Drunken Horses) Turtles Can Fly. A joint Iran-Iraq venture, the film is the first narrative film to be shot in Iraq following the fall of Saddam Hussein and is a view of war from the inside of a Kurdish refugee camp close to the Iraq-Turkish border just prior to and during the U.S. invasion. There is no overt political message in the film, yet the hundreds of parentless children in the film, many with broken limbs from exploding landmines, tell a story of war that transcends politics.” – Talking Pictures (UK)