Bringing together researchers, practitioners and policy makers working with migrants, refugees and asylum seekers in Scotland
09 February (17:30 – 19:30)
CCA Glasgow, 350 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow
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, Turtles Can Fly mixes humour and tragedy to startling effect, resulting in a very timely masterpiece about children struggling to survive in an endless war zone. On the Iraqi-Turkish border, enterprising 13-year-old Kak (Soran Ebrahim) i…s 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, he is all business until the arrival of a clairvoyant boy and his quiet, beautiful sister.
Warning: This is a film full of disturbing images so sensitive viewers beware. It is slow to start off, but is an ultimately rewarding journey of the horrors of war and the fate of the marginalized, orphaned children that war produces.
Awards: Peace Film Award (Berlin International Film Festival) / Best Film & Best Narrative Feature (Mexico City International Contemporary Film Festival)
For more information, please visit: http://www.gla.ac.uk/departments/gramnet/newsandevents/2010-11filmseries/
Image: Turtles Can Fly. Rights www.parkcircus.com