Marooned in Iraq - 2002
Directed by Bahman Ghobadi
Upon hearing that his estranged wife and former band mate has gotten into trouble in Iraq, Mirza, a famous Iranian-Kurd musician, rushes to her aid across the border accompanied by his loyal but quarrelsome sons.
Color, 1 hour 37 minutes, Kurdish
Original Title: Gomshowdeh Dar Aragh
Firouzan Rank # 32
|Ollah Morad Rashtiani||Barat|
|Director of Photography||Saied Nikzat
|Sound Recordist||Hassan Zahedi|
|Production Designer||Omid Rastbin|
|Sound Mixer||Mohammad Haghighi|
Audeh (Faegh Mohammadi) meets an aging doctor who claims that the reign of Saddam Hussein has done wonders for his business.
Before leaving, Barat (Ollah Morad Rashtiani) lets one of his eleven wives know that he may return with yet another in his quest to produce a son.
A Kurdish refugee camp.
Audeh hears a beautiful singing voice...
...and proposes marriage on the spot.
The three are robbed by bandits.
Business as usual - a family argument.
One of Saddam's many air raids.
The two brothers perform for a camp of orphans.
Mirza crosses back into Iran with an unexpected companion.
By Dave Kehr The New York Times
No matter how much cable news coverage of the war in Iraq you might absorb, television is still no substitute for the movies when it comes to placing you in a particular place at a particular time as lived by particular people. The generalizations and speculations of the television anchors and commentators fade away in the face of a film like Bahman Ghobadi's "Marooned in Iraq," a Kurdish-language feature that opens today in Manhattan.
Mr. Ghobadi, a Kurdish resident of Iran and the director of the impressive "Time for Drunken Horses" (2000), has set "Marooned in Iraq" in the period immediately after the Persian Gulf war, when Saddam Hussein was trying to soothe the sting of defeat by bombing and gassing his country's Kurdish population. Continued
By David Lipfert Offoffoff.com
A father and two sons set off on a search for their long-lost wife and mother that ends inconclusively but illustrates the plight of Iraq's Kurds during the Iran-Iraq war, in Marooned in Iraq from the director of "A Time for Drunken Horses."
There couldn't be a more timely title than "Marooned in Iraq." But this film is not about the here and now in Iraq. The story takes place in the late 1980s in the Kurdish area straddling Iran and Iraq. With two wild and crazy sons Barat and Audeh in tow, the jilted Mirza sets out to find his runaway wife.
He's taken long enough. To be exact it's been a total of 23 years since his wife Hanareh left Mirza for his best friend Seyyed. Now he has heard through the grapevine that she is in trouble. So off he goes to track her down in Iraq and keep alive his glimmer of hope they can reunite. Continued
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