The Kur­dish Film “No One Knows About Persian Cats”

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

"No One Knows About Persian Cats", or "Kasi az gor­be­haye irani khabar nadareh" in its orig­i­nal lan­guage, is a Persian movie filmed in Tehran and di­rected and co-writ­ten by Bah­man Ghobadi. Bah­man Ghobadi, an Ira­nian film direc­tor of Kur­dish eth­nic­ity, is fa­mous for his much bet­ter known works such as "A Time for Drunken Horses" or "Tur­tles Can Fly".

The story re­volves around two Ira­nian mu­si­cians who, due to their love of Indie rock and play­ing mu­sic, are forced to make a de­ci­sion: get a per­mit to play their mu­sic or get a visa to move to Lon­don to play it. The film fol­lows the hi­lar­i­ous and an up­beat adventure of the jour­ney of two mu­si­cians try­ing to get out of the coun­try, legally or not.

Ni­cholas Rapold, a re­porter with the "Film Com­ment" mag­a­zine, com­ments on the en­thu­si­asm of Ghobadis var­i­ous young co-con­spir­a­tors, say­ing that it is "in­fec­tious, and the mu­sic is gen­er­ally catchy and oc­ca­sion­ally ex­cel­lent. But what re­ally dis­tin­guishes the film—banned in Iran, it goes with­out say­ing— is the enor­mous risks th­ese mu­si­cians take, which Ghobadi ul­ti­mately drives home with le­git­i­mate dra­matic li­cense."

"No One Knows About Persian Cats" is a film about love, friend­ship, and the pur­suit of hap­pi­ness- def­i­nitely a film worth watch­ing.

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