Turtles Can Fly
Turtles Can Fly is a Kurdish Film directed by Bahman Ghobadi and released in 2004. The film takes place in a Kurdish-Turkish refugee camp during the American invasion of Iraq. The thirteen year old boy, Satellite (played by the amazing child actor Soran Ebrahim), is the illustrious leader of a group of children, orphans, who earn money in the camp by clearing minefields.
Satellite is famous for his installation of satellite dishes on people's homes so that they can learn of news on Saddam Hussien. The calculating yet vigorous Satellite is the leader of a band of children that range from The Boy with no Arms who clears mines by removing the firing pin with his mouth to the bitter and jaded Agrin and to the innocent Risa.
Each child shadowed in a history of despair and angst, each child giving their own story to tell. Turtles Can Fly is not just a movie about the suffering of Kurdish people during the US invasion, it is a film that brings the viewer into the life of a child, a film that lets the viewers look through their eyes, understand their innocent naivety and watch it be ripped away.
It is a film that tells no lies and holds no favourites, it only does what every good film is supposed to- it tells it's story.
As Roger Ebert once said, "I wish everyone who has an opinion on the war in Iraq could see "Turtles Can Fly." That would mean everyone in the White House and in Congress, and the newspaper writers, and the TV pundits, and the radio talkers, and you — especially you, because you are reading this and they are not."