Gomgashtei dar Aragh (Marooned in Iraq) by Bahman Ghobadi
Mirza, a famous Kurdish musician, hears that his (ex-)wife, Hanareh, is in trouble. Accompanied by his two sons, he embarks on an adventurous journey across the Iran-Iraq border to find her. Set in the period immediately after the Persian Gulf war, when Saddam Hussein was trying to soothe the sting of defeat by bombing and gassing his country's Kurdish population.
The stark horror of these attacks is portrayed with devastating force in Mr. Ghobadi's film, not by dramatizing the attacks themselves but by filming their aftermath: entire villages abandoned, thousands of refugees crowded into camps, snow-covered fields that contain mass graves.
Screened in the Un Certain Regard section at the Protected content Film Festival.
ACTIVE LINK - KURDISH/FARSI VERSION SUBTITLED ENGLISH
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