Directed by Bahman Ghobadi A mesmerizing film set in Iraq that deals with the fallout from both dictators and liberators on the torn lives of children living in refugee camps. Film Review by Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat Share In a refugee camp near the Turkish border in Kurdish Iraq ina year-old boy nicknamed Satellite Soran Ebrahim has become the leader of a motley gang of children, many of whom have lost limbs to landmines. Once he installs it, the elders and the governor want Satellite to translate the news for them and also block out all the images of sexy women in music videos. The boy says that he was hired to set up the dish and nothing more.
November 21, at 3: Some of the goals of Third Cinema are: In this way, the setting is almost incidental. There was little to no reference to an imperialistic power that created his circumstances Apartheidnor was there really any normative critique of it. In fact, Gavin Hood himself stated in an interview: The film could be criticized, then, for subtly endorsing the status quo.
The film included comprehensive exposes and critiques of action for both sides of the war, amply described the politico-socio-economic origins and development of the conflicts, engaged and in some instances, forced the viewers in reflection, and tapped into a story that aptly described the experiences held by native Algerians and the Algeria-settled French.
Stylistically, the film departed from known Hollywood and European aesthetics in favor of a politically-illustrative film, and the cherry on the Third World Cinema cake was that the film was banned and censored by certain countries, which some say is a key characteristic of Third World Cinema.
Throughout the film, the audience becomes very familiar with the often dire situations of Kurdish refugee children, which not only engages the viewers intimately, but causes pause for reflection and incites a desire to see their circumstances change. Most importantly, the film illustrates with a sad authenticity the experiences held by the masses of Kurds displaced throughout the Middle East, which have often gone unnoticed by the international media stage.
In this way, the film accomplishes all that a Third World Cinema film intends to do, minus an exposition on the roots of the conflict, which in the case of this film was intentional. The intentions of Third World Cinema seem to be made very clear by those who critique them.
A Third World film must, at its core, convey the experiences of an oppressed, powerless, or unfairly situated group of people, provide historical information, offer a normative analysis, and successfully engage the audience in those struggles in the hopes of inciting change or understanding.
Works Cited Davis, Zeinabu. Journal of African Cultural Studies.Turtles Can Fly is a must-see for anybody interested in modern day politics, history, culture and the human condition. There are a few funny moments involving certain of the children's characters but all-in-all this is an incredibly sad and original story/5(76).
Rent Turtles Can Fly () starring Soran Ebrahim and Avaz Latif on DVD and Blu-ray. Get unlimited DVD Movies & TV Shows delivered to your door with no . Apr 22, · TURTLES CAN FLY (Unrated, 95 minutes) -- Contains some disturbing and violent imagery.
In Kurdish with subtitles. In Kurdish with subtitles.
At Landmark's E Street Cinema and Landmark's Bethesda Row. Turtles Can Fly Directed by Bahman Ghobadi A mesmerizing film set in Iraq that deals with the fallout from both dictators and liberators on the torn lives of children living in refugee camps. Turtles Can Fly isn't overtly political-none of Ghobadi's films is-but neither is it simply a love story about an enterprising teenager and a survivor of Halabcheh.
It's a story about tyranny.
It's a story about tyranny. Turtles Can Fly received generally positive reviews, currently holding a 90% "fresh" rating on Rotten Tomatoes and an 85/ rating on Metacritic, signifying "universal acclaim". Significantly, the film is silent about what happens to 'Satellite' after the Americans finally land in their refugee monstermanfilm.com by: Hossein Alizadeh.