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Kurdish Film Review: Marooned in Iraq.

press photo H.G. Hassan "Marooned in Iraq", or its original title "Gomgashtei dar Aragh", is a film directed and written by Bahman Ghobadi. The film is 98 minutes long and released in 2002. Director Bahman Ghobadi is famous for several other popular Kurdish works such as "Turtles Can Fly" and "A Time for Drunken Horses", two extremely influential films in Kurdish cinematography. "Marooned in Iraq" centers around three Iranian musicians who live in the mountainous areas of Kurdistan.

"Marooned in Iraq", or its original title "Gomgashtei dar Aragh", is a film directed and written by Bahman Ghobadi. The film is 98 minutes long and released in 2002. Director Bahman Ghobadi is famous for several other popular Kurdish works such as "Turtles Can Fly" and "A Time for Drunken Horses", two extremely influential films in Kurdish cinematography. "Marooned in Iraq" centers around three Iranian musicians who live in the mountainous areas of Kurdistan. The three musicians are searching for a lovely Iranian woman with an angelic singing voice, Hanareh. Hanareh had left Iran and fled to Iraq 23 years ago due to the fact that they banned females from singing in Iran due to the revolution happening there. The time period in which this film takes place is also during Sadaam Hussiens reign, which is typical for a Ghobadi film. Despite the bleak undertone of war and death, "Marooned in Iraq" is actually quite humorous and hopeful in terms of the atmosphere. Their search for Hanarehs legendary and almost magical singing voice slowly becomes a quest for their home and a grander metaphor takes place as the film shows the resilience and suffering the Kurdish people, especially the women.

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Publication:The Kurdish Globe (Erbil, Iraq)
Geographic Code:7IRAQ
Date:Apr 20, 2015
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