Kur­dish Film Reviews: Kilo­me­tre Zero

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

«Kilo­me­tre Zero", or «Kilo­mètre zéro" in it's orig­i­nal ti­tle, was di­rected and writ­ten by Hiner Saleem and re­leased in 2005. «Kilo­me­tre Zero" is a road film that fol­lows a story line that ex­plores the depth of hu­man con­cious­ness. The movie be­gins with a mid­dle-aged, Kur­dish elec­tri­cian called Ako who lived in a small vil­lage with his fam­ily.

How­ever; Ako's peace­ful life is dis­rupted as he's con­scripted to fight in the Iraqi army in a fight against Iran. As Ako be­comes en­rols in the army, time moves on un­til he is even­tu­ally as­signed a mis­sion. The mis­sion guide lines were to hand the re­mains of a de­ceased sol­dier back to their fam­ily.

On his mis­sion though, Ako schemes on a way to re­unite with his fam­ily and desert the army. Un­for­tu­nately, en­list­ing the help of the taxi driver who was driv­ing Ako across the coun­try seemed near im­pos­si­ble as it later be­comes clear through the film that the Ara­bic driver had a deep grudge against Kurd's. «Kilo­me­tre Zero" is one of the more widely rec­og­nized Kur­dish movies through the coun­try. Al­lan Hunter, from ScreenDaily, also has some­thing to say about the film.

«Kilo­me­tre Zero may seem a lit­tle wor­thy and heavy handed at times but there is enough hu­man in­ter­est in the char­ac­ters and their jour­ney to pro­vide an emo­tional con­nec­tion for the art house viewer."

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