Kur­dish Film Re­view: Man­doo

The Kurdish Globe - - NEWS - H.G. Has­san

"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.

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