"Turtles Can Fly"
Directed by Bahman Ghobadi
Bahman Ghobadi's drama was the first film shot in Iraq
after the fall of Saddam Hussein, and its tough-mindedness, lyricism, and
urgency assure that it will be remembered as much more than a historical
footnote. Like John Boorman's Hope and Glory, Ghobadi's drama
explores the humorous and heartbreaking ways in which children respond to
the grim realities of war. Set in a Kurdish refugee camp on the eve of the
American invasion, the film chronicles the lives of 13-year-old Satellite (Soran
Ebrahim) and his friends as they disarm land mines, scavenge for food, and
overcome adversity with a thirst for adventure. "It's a soaring achievement,
without ever leaving the ground" (Washington Post). Kurdish with
English subtitles. 98 minutes.