Kurdish Film Review: “Kick Off”
«Kick Off», directed and written by Shawkat Amin Korki, is a film that explores Kurdistan>s culture and modern history when it comes to or country>s beloved and famous sport: football. The story starts in Kirkuk, Iraq, where many refugees are staying together in a cramped football stadium, running away from the tyranntanl rule of Sadam Hussein.
Asu, and his little brother who>s legs have been destroyed by landmines, lives right next to Hilan, a girl who has a hard time getting her romantic intentions across. Football provided a mean of escape for the refugees, who try to escape from the war that was carrying on outside their own little beaten down stadium walls and Asu holds football matches with Kurds, Arabs, and Turks.
Football is shown, through the movie, to be a beaker of hope and strength for the Kurdish people. Most importantly, it>s shown as a means of escape. Every bpdy has their own ways to survive the harsh reality they>re faced with every day- some choose to read, while others sing, etc. For Kurdistan, football>s always been that escape.
«Kick Off» is a simple yet heart warming story that contains no ulterior motives or messages. It takes a different spin on usual Kurdish war films and turns it into a story about love, hope, and, most importantly, football.