Director Bahman Ghobadi / 2004 / Iran/Iraq

The remarkable and deeply moving Turtles Can Fly puts director Bahman Ghobadi (A Time for Drunken Horses) firmly into the ranks of the world's finest filmmakers. Telling the story of four children trying to negotiate the volatile landscape of the Iraqi-Kurdish border region, its humanity, beauty and tragedy have made it an unforgettable cinema experience for critics and audiences around the world.

In a Kurdish refugee camp, villagers desperately seek an update on America's impending attack on Iraq. They turn to 13-year-old Kak Satellite, a respected community leader, entrepreneur and satellite procurer. Just as Kak convinces the village chiefs to buy a satellite dish, a troubled boy arrives from another village with news that the war is getting closer and closer... Kak's situation becomes complicated when he falls for the boy's sister, a tragic figure carrying the burden of the horrors she has endured. Shifting between contemplative, epic sweeps of this extraordinarily beautiful area and the intimate realities of the kids' day-to-day lives, Turtles Can Fly is a work of rare power and unforgettable drama.

D/P/S Bahman Ghobadi WS Bac Films L Kurdish w/English subtitles TD 35mm/col/2004/98mins

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