Turtles Can Fly April 25

April 13th, 2006 by Adam

Brahman Globoid’s Turtles Can Fly (Lakposhtha ham parvaz mikonand) will be the final presentation of the 2006 Plymouth State University International Film Series. The 2005 Iranian-Iraqi coproduction will be shown in Kurdish with English subtitles, April 25 at 7:30 p.m. at the Frost Academic Commons on High Street.

Turtles Can Fly depicts the plight of a village near Iraqi Kurdistan, on the border between Iran and Turkey, on the eve of war. The village elders want to keep up with the impending attack, but can’t get reception via antennas. Along comes 13-year old “Satellite” (Soran Ebrahim), who knows how to hook up dish antennas, who does so, and proceeds to translate newscasts for the elders.

Coming from another village with his younger sister and her child, Hangov, a young refugee who has lost his arms to a land mine, has somehow developed an ability to predict future events. Hangov has a foreboding that the war is getting closer and closer.”

Ty Burr wrote in The Boston Globe, “Ghobadi gets full-on performances across the board from his untrained cast of kids. Capable, kind and serious, Hangao becomes the heart of Turtles Can Fly, pulling the comparatively shallow Satellite into his orbit until the latter actually performs acts that aren’t in his immediate self-interest. … Ghobadi shows us a world where a village pond can hold both rare goldfish and unforgivable evil, and where every step is onto booby-trapped terrain. There can be no real power here, and Satellite, a survivor if ever there was one, learns it the hard way.”

The public is invited free of charge, and all films are followed by discussion and refreshments.

For information call Professor Peter Drexel, (603) 535-2696.

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