Film Reveiw: “Cross­ing the Dust”

The Kurdish Globe - - ERBIL WEATHER FORECAST - H.G Has­san

"Cross­ing the Dust," or "Pari­nawa la Gho­bar," is a 2003 road movie di­rected by Shawkat Amin Korki and re­leased in 2006. Two Kur­dish Pesh­merga, Azad and Rashid, come across a young, cry­ing Arab that goes by the name Sad­dam and hap­pened to have lost his par­ents. Of course, dur­ing this time, the Amer­i­can troops had lib­er­ated Iraq and had over­thrown Sad­dam Hus­sein. The name Sad­dam was in­fa­mous across the globe. There­fore, the name was un­der­stand­ably a taboo.

Un­able to hand the child over to some­one else, both the imam at the mosque and the U.S. troops refuse to take him in, the Kurds set off on a jour­ney to find Sad­dam's par­ents. How­ever, they were un­aware that his par­ents were also look­ing for him, always a step be­hind them.

"Cross­ing the Dust" is like most Kur­dish films, a rep­re­sen­ta­tion of the strug­gles of not only the Kur­dish Pesh­merga, but the civil­ian's as well dur­ing the time of Sad­dam's tyran­ni­cal reign. Al­though the theme might be slightly overused, Korki makes up for it by the use of his com­pletely orig­i­nal and unique idea that holds an odd sort of charisma when set with the Kur­dish back­grounds and land­scapes.

The story is both a tran­quil one and a tragic one. "Cross­ing the Dust" is a film filled to the brim with de­spair, tragedy, sus­pense, and laugh­ter. It man­ages to evenly bal­ance all th­ese com­po­nents won­der­fully and cre­ate a grip­ping and cli­matic story that leaves the au­di­ence breath­less.

Al­though the sub­ti­tles need a lit­tle more work, and the scenery isn't as lush as most Kur­dish movies are, but the plot and the story line def­i­nitely make up for them.

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