Director: Bahman Ghobadi

Country: Iran

Year: 2004

Turtles Can Fly is a story that is set in a Kurdish refugee camp near the Iraqi-Turkish borders during the last days of the leadership of Saddam Hussein. The film focuses on several kids that live in that area and follows them during those last days before the US invasion of Iraq.

All the actors in this film are actual refugees which takes this film into another level. A great actor/actress is a person who can transform physically and emotionally into the character, those children were real and they lived under such circumstances, regardless of the fictional story of the film.

The film follows the life of a young boy named Satellite for being famous for installing satellites and antennas for the nearby villages, a girl with her disabled brother and a young blind toddler with them, in addition to few supporting, but, amazing sidekicks.

The film is very sad, and definitely a tear jerker. With such a great emotional acting, mesmerizing cinematography and sad plot, this film is not your popcorn flick and you have to be in a certain mood to watch it. That being said, I really highly recommend watching it.

  • Anonymous

    The movie was recommended to me by @Sara_wolf:twitter  So follow her for similar great recommendations…