Phantom of a Previous War
"Phantom of a Previous War", a more recently produced Kurdish film directed by Hawre Mustafa and written by Hawre Mustafa and Awat Osman Ali (script editor), takes a decidedly more interesting twist on the usually war themed Kurdish film's.
The story embarks on it's tale with a man called Pishtiwan, who is first seen leading a group of people into an open area. Their objective was to supposedly clean up the mines that were left behind after the war to make sure no one accidentally stepped on any. However, Pishtiwan is pained with flashbacks of his grisly childhood as he inadvertently shows us his past.
Pishtiwan tells us the story of himself as a young, parent-less boy, his father killed in action while his mother chose to abandon him to fend for himself. Pishtiwan different kinds of people on his adventure and not all of them good.
"Phantom of a Pre- vious War" is a captivating and spell-binding piece of work that manages to create an entirely new outlook and perspective on war as it's seen through the eyes of a child. It is truly a work of cinematic genius and this is made obvious as the film continues on, showcasing lovely scenery, a wall hatched plot, and a great soundtrack.