The Kurdish film “Where is the Land?”
"Where is the Land", a 81-minute drama film directed and co-written by Hushyar Nerwayi, is an amazing movie that explores the extent of human compliance and the lengths in which callous ignorance will sustain it. At first, it appears to be centered on Bewar but, later on, the film starts to revolve and focus on the decisions and viewpoint of his wife, Behar.
Bewar and his wife live in a small village in Kurdistan near the Turkish bor- der. Behar is pregnant with their third child which happens to be a girl. With two other daughters as proof Bewar is convinced that his wife can only give birth to females and in his desperation to get a son he decides to marry a second wife. The father of Bewars second wife reluctantly agrees to give his blessing but only if Behar is fine with it.
Persuading Behar to give her consent, he somehow manages to convince her to accompany him on a perilous journey across the border. Along the way, Behar finds her own compliant and tolerant behaviour waning as she's forced to face her own doubts and thoughts- something that her husband does not expect.
"Where is the Land?" is a breathtaking cinematic experience that follows the realization of an oppressed female and the dissolution of her own unconsciously submissive behaviour.