Kurdish Film Reviews: Kilometre Zero
«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."