LAKPOSTHA HAM PARVAZ MIKONAND

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LAKPOSTHA HAM PARVAZ MIKONAND

TURTLES CAN FLY

Bahman Ghobadi
Iran/Irak, 2004
Fiction, 98min, OmeU

LAKPOSTHA HAM PARVAZ MIKONAND

Bahman Ghobadi
Iran/Irak, 2004
Fiction, 98min, OmeU

Cast: 
Avaz Latif
Agrin
Soran Ebrahim
Satellit
Saddam Hossein Feysal
Pasheo
Hiresh Feysal Rahman
Hangao
Abdol Rahman Karim
Rega
Ajil Zibari
Shirko
Screenplay: 
Bahman Ghobadi
Sound: 
Bahman Ardalan
Camera: 
Shahryar Assadi
Editor: 
Mostafa Khergheh Poush
Haydeh Safi Yari
Composer: 
Hossein Alizadeh
Decoration: 
Bahman Ghobadi

Production: 
Mij Film Company Apt.1 #16 Sarv Alley, Afriqa Blvd. Teheran, Iran T 21 888 60 72 info@mijfilm.com
World Sales: 
Bac Films Company 88 rue de la Folie Mericourt 75011 Paris, Frankreich T 1 535 352 52 webmaster@bacfilms.fr
Format: 
35 mm
Color

Bahman Ghobadis courageous, moving films chronicle life at the shifting borders of the Middle East. In Turtles Can Fly, he turns to parched, mountainous Kurdistan on the Turkish-Iraqi border immediately before the recent American invasion. From the opening shot of villagers stringing up tree-like antennae in a vain attempt to get news about the impending conflict, we find ourselves in the land of an ancient, feudal society unwillingly thrust into the hyper-modern age. Moving from town to town, fixing the electronics that keep these remote villages connected to the outside world, Satellite is a respected community leader even though he is only thirteen years old. He is also a father figure to the local children, most of whom are orphans maimed by land mines. Ironically, these same children spend their days removing unexploded ordinance from nearby fields to sell back to American forces for meagre wages. (Noah Cowan)