Bahman Ghobadi’s “Turtles Can Fly” – The Kurdish Suffering During War
Bahman Gobadi sets out to provide the Kurdish nation with a cinema experience like no other, but in turn found the nation in destitute on account of never ending war. Ghobadi prefers to create fanatical roles for children, because they are so vulnerable and guileless to the ways of the world. The plot, a refugee camp is set in an Iraqi village that is surrounded by a vast mountainside. This movie is part of a sequel and precedes his film “Marooned in Iraq”, which received much attention and many awards during the International Film Festival.
The setting is 2003, at which time the villagers are waiting for what is to become of them. The Second Gulf War is not far off and everyone is scurrying around for any news they can find, so they can try to prepare, as best as possible. The anticipation is so strong that it can be felt throughout the camp and many are concerned the American invasion, which will surely bring intense violence.
The film set definitely looks out of place amid the small village, with everyone bustling about, trying to catch a glimpse of action. Ghobadi continues to perfect his film under the circumstances, but he refuses to lighten the tone, when it comes to war and the Kurdish people. The film contains a heartbreaking story that shows the cruelty of war and its devastating effects it has on everyone involved. Mr. Ghobadi hopes to shed a little light on the topic of war, hoping that all viewers will experience a bit of its reality.