Kurdish Film Review: Bekhal's Tears
"Bekhal's Tears" is a stunning 84-minute Kurdish feature film directed, written, and produced by Lauand Omar in Iraq. The film stars Ozzie Aziz and Aware Xan and was released in March, 2006. The movie revolves around the main character Bekhal, a Kurdish female who lives in a small village in Kurdistan.
Bekhal was absorbed with the dream and goal of attending university but her parents on the other hand were adament on her marrying her cousin Shwan. Bekhal lived in the time in which Sadaam Huissen's reign only recently ended and the state of the country was left in ruins- both politically and pysically- so it was not a good time to live in Kurdistan. Added to the fact that Bekhal was a strong, independent woman who had views that opposed her family's and future fiance, her familial divisions only increased. Things definetly take a turn for the worse when Bekhal is raped, forced to bear the "shame" that she supposedly brought down on her family as her family so claims.
"Bekhal's Tears" is a beautiful film that takes us through a journey of an average woman's life during an oppressed and shattered Kurdistan after the war- a time where sexism and cruel traditions are very much real.