Kurdish Film Review: Mandoo
"Mandoo", a Kurdish film directed by Ebrahim Saeedi, is a fiction feature film that's appeared in many film festivals including the 7th Dubai International Film Festival, Locarno International Film Festival, 40th Molodist International Film Festival, and many others.
The film takes place in 2004 Iraq, centring around a young lady and doctor named Sheelan. Sheelan, shortly after the fall of Saddam Hussein, goes back to Iraq (after taking refuge with her parents in Sweden) to search for her uncle whom she has not had contact with in a long time.
When she finally reaches her uncle, it is only to find that, after suffering from a stroke, he had lost his ability to speak. Sheehan's cousin, a loving and devoted son, tells Sheehan of his desire to take his father back to his homeland, where he may be at peace. After tentatively agreeing, Sheehans journey to Iran is not an easy one and is filled to the brim with sticky situations.
The director, Ebrahim Saeedi, releases a statement saying that his film "focuses on one small element of forced migration as a means of illustrating a general malaise." "Mandoo" is a engulfing feature film that manages to transport it's audience into the intense emotions portrayed by the main characters.