Turtles Can Fly

Release February 18, 2005 (Limited)
Cast Soran Ebrahim, Avaz Latif, Saddam Hossein Feysal, Hiresh Feysal Rahman, Abdol Rahman Karim, Ajil Zibari
Director Bahman Ghobadi
Writer Bahman Ghobadi
Genres Drama
Studio IFC Films
Length 95 mins.

Synopsis

Turtles Can Fly is set in Ghobadi's native Kurdistan on the eve of the American invasion of Iraq. Thirteen-year-old Soran (Soran Ebrahim) is known as "Satellite" for his installation of dishes and antennae for local villages looking for news of Saddam. He is the dynamic leader of the children, organizing the dangerous but necessary sweeping and clearing of the minefields. He then arranges trade-ins for the unexploded mines. The industrious Satellite falls for an unlikely orphan (Avaz Latif), a sad-faced girl traveling with her brother Henkov (Hirsh Feyssal), who appears to have the gift of clairvoyance. The siblings are caretaking a three-year-old, whose connection to the pair is discovered as harsh truths are unveiled.

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