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Strong about escape

There is more drama, pain and suspense in Hisham Zaman's short film Bawke than in much of the Norwegian film year combined.


"Watching his films is like getting a reminder of his past life. It feels as if someone is trying to wake you up from a deep sleep with an earful, ”writes the Norwegian-Kurdish director Hisham Zaman about the Iranian-Kurdish director Bahman Ghobadi. Now you get a rare opportunity to see both films in cinemas at the same time, and as Zaman points out: The two have more in common than the directing profession and the Kurdish language.

In the shadow of war

Ghobadis Turtles can fly is about daily life in a refugee camp in the Kurdish part of Iraq, on the border with Turkey. It is wartime, and the adults can only be sensed in the background. Instead, the arena is left to the elderly and children, where 13-year-old Kak, aka "Satellite", gets a leadership role due to his power of action and technical expertise.

He got the nickname because he connects the camp to the "world channels" using a satellite dish, so that the elders get to know what is happening in the big world. Not least, they are starving. . .

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