Kurdish Film Reveiw: The Dance of the Horses
"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.