Film Review: Whisper with the Wind
"Whisper with the Wind", or "Sirta la gal ba" in its original Kurdish title, is a drama written and directed by Shahram Alidi. An aged radio operator takes the role of a ' postman' as he travels through the ruinous lands of 1980's Kurdistan that have been torn and destroyed by many years of war. The radio host (played by Valid Marouf Jarou) talks to soldiers and family members and relays messages to people from those who want to talk to their loved ones and confirm their survival.
"Whisper with the Wind" takes place in 1988, shortly after the Anfal Campaign, amidst a war-torn and bleak Kurd- istan. The brave radio operator continues to run this underground radio station despite the growing danger of being caught by the Iraqi army. So as messages are being sent between people across the border, a thick suspense and tension hangs in the air as the possibility of getting caught is thrown in the midst of the plot.
"Whisper with the Wind" is one of the most original and well-thought- out Kurdish drama films in the Kurdish film media, a simple yet hope-inspiring movie which manages to worm its way into the viewers heart with its own special kind of charisma.