Turtles Can Fly

This new film by acclaimed Kurdish Iranian director Bahman Ghobadi (A Time for Drunken Horses) is set in a contemporary Iraq stuck between old and new, violence and hope. In the Kurdish north, “Kak Satellite” is a respected technician who fixes satellite antennas in remote villages. He's also only thirteen, and living through a war, moving from town to town dodging gunfire to install satellite dishes. His life is soon changed by the arrival of two war-scarred youths: Henkov, a boy whose arms were lost in a mine explosion, and Agrin, a girl whose scars are less obvious, but just as deep. A strikingly nuanced view of a situation and world most Americans only understand through sound bites and satellite feeds, Turtles Can Fly lets its images communicate what a thousand speeches could never say.

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