Turtles Can Fly by Shahriar Assadi

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From acclaimed director Bahman Ghobadi (A Time for Drunken Horses) comes the first film shot in Iraq since the fall of Saddam Hussein. Heart-wrenching as well as spirit-raising (The Hollywood Reporter), Turtles Can Fly mixes humor and tragedy to startling effect, resulting in a very timely masterpiece (TV Guide) about children struggling to survive in an endless war zone. On the Iraqi-Turkish border, enterprising 13-year-old 'satellite (Soran Ebrahim) is the de facto leader of a Kurdish village, thanks to his ability to install satellite dishes and translate news of the pending US invasion. Organizing fellow orphans into landmine-collection teams so that they can eke out a living, heis all business until the arrival of a clairvoyant boy and his quiet, beautiful sister.

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Published September 20, 2005 by MGM (Video & DVD).
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Spirituality & Practice

In a refugee camp near the Turkish border in Kurdish Iraq in 2003, a 13-year-old boy nicknamed Satellite (Soran Ebrahim) has become the leader of a motley gang of children, many of whom have lost limbs to landmines.

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