Kur­dish Film Re­view: “Kick Off”

The Kurdish Globe - - NEWS -

«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.

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