Kurdish Film Review: Dol
"Dol" is a Kurdish film released in 2007, directed/ produced/written by famous Kurdish director Hiner Saleem who directed and/or wrote many popular Kurdish productions like "My Sweet Pepperland", "Vodka Lemon", "Kilometre Zero" and more.
The movie itself revolves around a man named Azad and his betrothed, Nazenin, who both have plans set up for their coming wedding. However, their plans for a quiet and peaceful wedding are interrupted as a strife emerges between a number of Turkish soldiers on the day of the event. Azad is forced to get away from all the danger, travelling through the rugged ruins of the Kurdish areas of Iraq and Iran. As a Kurdish man himself, Azad reconnects with the culture of his heritage while at the same time witnessing the shattering effect the war had on Kurdistan.
Overall, "Dol" contained many aesthetic and engaging scenes and photography as it progressed further. It's name, "Dol", actually refers to the traditional Kurdish tambourine used in festivals which are decorative by nature. It's a film that delves into the after effects of war and the importance of connecting with your country and staying true to it's culture- definitely a must-see for all Hiner Saleem fans.