Kur­dish Film Reveiw: The Dance of the Horses

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

"The Dance of the Horses", di­rected and cowrit­ten by Sar­dar Khalil, is an eighty-two minute war and dra­matic ro­mance film. The film is based on true his­tor­i­cal events, more specif­i­cally the end of the war in 1991. Re­leased in 2014, Khalil's film was slow to be rec­og­nized due to it's lack of fa­mil­iar­ity. Khalil was un­known in the movie in­dus­try aside from his brief time as an as­sis­tant cam­era man on the set of "Phantom of a Pre­vi­ous War", an­other popular Kur­dish film.

The movie mainly ro­tates and pokes around the sub­ject of Ara­bic and Kur­dish re­la­tions af­ter the war. The war was some­thing, as the film de­picted, that bur­dened both coun­tries and it delves right into the phi­los­o­phy of co­ex­is­tence and the prospect of it hap­pen­ing be­tween the two if sep­a­rated from re­li­gious groups.

Although the film seems like its been pow­dered with pro­pa­ganda and na­tion­al­is­tic ideol- ogy, it's still an amaz­ing fea­ture film that por­trays a pow­er­ful mes­sage across to its au­di­ence. "The Dance of the Horses" man­ages to in­voke re­ac­tions in even the most stoic of hearts and stir up all and any pride one has for the Kur­dish na­tion. De­spite its over all flaws and con­tra­dic­tory de­bates, it's a film that's best saved for rainy days.

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