Film Reveiw: “Crossing the Dust”
"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.