Phan­tom of a Pre­vi­ous War

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"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.

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