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Turtles can fly [videorecording] / Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer ; IFC Films ; BAC Films ; written and directed by Bahman Ghobadi ; an Iran-Iraq joint product ; Mij Film ; production [of] Hamid Ghavami, Batin Ghobadi, Hamid Karimi, Babak Amini
Alternate Title Transliterated title from IMDb: Lakposhtha hâm parvaz mikonand [videorecording]
[S.I.] : MIJ Film ; Culver City, CA : Distributed by Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, c2005
book jacket
Location Call Number Status
 Videos/2nd Flr  PN1997.2 .T87 2005    AVAILABLE
Subject(s) Teenage boys -- Drama
Refugee children -- Drama
Teenage boys -- Conduct of life -- Drama
Entrepreneurship -- Drama
Refugee camps -- Drama
Iraq War, 2003-2011 -- Drama
Kurds -- Iran -- Drama
Kurds -- Iraq -- Drama
Subject Kurdistān (Iraq) -- Drama
Subject(s) Feature films
Video recordings for the hearing impaired
Physical Description 1 videodisc (97 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in
Note - System Details DVD; Region 1, NTSC; Dolby digital stereo surround; widescreen presentation, aspect ratio 1.85:1, for 16:9 televisions
Language In Kurdish, with optional subtitles in English; closed-captioned
Cast Avaz Latif (Agrin), Soran Ebrahim (Satellite), Saddam Hossein Feysal (Pasheo), Hiresh Feysal Rahman (Hangao), Abdol Rahman Karim (Rega), Ajil Zibari (Shirko)
Credits Director of photography, Shahriar Assadi ; editors, Mostafa Khergheh Poosh, Hayedeh Safi Yari ; music, Hossein Ali Zadeh
Note Title from subtitles, credits from MIJ Film website (
Special features: Previews (8 min.)
Originally produced as an Iranian/Iraqi feature film in 2004
MPAA rating: Rated PG-13 for violence, disturbing images and mature thematic material, all involving children
Summary In Kurdistan, Iraq, near the Turkish border, a few weeks before the U.S.-Iraq war, near an enormous refugee camp an enterprising kid nicknamed Satellite makes a living installing TV antennas, hooking up the occasional satellite connection, and hiring out a worshipful gang of boys to perform odd jobs. Mostly they remove land mines and they do a good job of the dangerous work. Some have suffered for it, but they manage. A boy known to everyone as The Boy With No Arms, gently disarms mines by removing the firing pin with his lips. The prospect of war fills everyone with dread. The children suffer first, and suffer hardest. Death might come from the sky or from the ground, or it might not come at all, but the prospect of it always lingers
Contents Start -- Deprived from the sky -- Satellite's information -- Kid's work -- Mines for bargaining -- At her service -- Night's pain -- Important prediction -- Anticipating invasion -- Conceived abandonment -- Everything ends tomorrow -- Saddam has fallen
Alternate Author Ghobadi, Bahman
Latif, Avaz
Ebrahim, Soran
Feysal, Saddam Hossein
IFC Films
B.A.C. Films
Mizh Fīlm (Firm)
MGM Home Entertainment Inc
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (Firm)

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