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A Flag Without a Country

About

For Nariman the pilot and Helly Luv, an aspiring singer, being Kurdish is not just an identity; it’s a full-time job. Nariman needs young recruits for his flying school—a goal made darkly comic since he just survived a plane crash—while the illustrious Helly collects Kalashnikov rifles and a sea of Kurdish flags to produce her music video. In the midst of another war against the Kurdish people, Nariman reminisces about a long-lost love, and Helly finds herself connecting with Kurdish children at a refugee camp near the Syrian border, who are in urgent need of inspiration and hope.

Lauded director Bahman Ghobadi ignites the pathos in a situation and then magically transforms it into joy. He masterfully clouds the lines between fiction and documentary by filming reenactments with his trademark camera and by casting ordinary characters as themselves. A timely and humanist portrait, Ghobadi’s newest work skirts the politics and instead creates a graceful reminder of the Kurdish people’s resilience and an ode to their collective creativity.

YEAR 2015

SECTION World Doc

COUNTRY Iraq

RUN TIME 95 min

LANGUAGE Kurdish

SUBTITLES Yes with English subtitles

COMPANY Mij Film

WEBSITE www.mijfilm.com

EMAIL golriz@mijfilm.com

Credits

Director
Screenwriter
Cinematographer
Editor
Music
Sound Editor
Sound Recording
Researcher
Line Producer
Vfx/Animation
Color Grading

Artist Bio

Bahman Ghobadi

Bahman Ghobadi was born in 1969 in Baneh, a city near the Iran-Iraq border in the province of Kurdistan. His breakthrough came with Life in a Fog (1999), one of the most acclaimed short films ever made in Iran. Ghobadi made his feature directorial debut with A Time for Drunken Horses (1999), also the first feature-length Kurdish film in the history of Iran, which went on to win the Caméra d’Or at Cannes.