Kurdish Film Review: Jani Gal
"Jani Gal", directed by Iranian film maker Jamil Rostami and written by Khosro Sina, is a 100 minute film released in 2007, July. The movie revolves around married a Kurdish man, Jwamer, who lives in Sulaymaniah, Kurdistan during the 1940's time period.
Jwamer lives a perfectly ordinary and happy life until one day, his pregnant wife unexpectedly goes into labour and he's forced to quickly find a midwife to safely deliver his child. On a stroke of bad luck and mere coincidence, he finds himself in the midst of a violent protest where he gets seriously injured. Jwamer then gets wrongly convicted as the ring leader of the political protest, sentenced to jail. After spending ten years behind bars, he's finally free and now that he's out, he looks for his wife and child.
"Jani Gal" is one of the most refreshing foreign drama films in a very long time, filled to the brim with suspense and heart shattering scenes. It's a down-to-earth film that manages to break through the daily mendacity that people coat their every day lives with. The plot of the film has a nice meandering flow to it, breaking only to galvanize the audience into righteous fury or sadness. "Jani Gal" is definitely an experience worth going through.