|Biographical detail : ||Kurdish film director.
Bahman Ghobadi’s third feature film, ‘Turtles Can Fly’, started its Europe-wide release in Britain in January 2005, is about the effect of war on Iraqi Kurds, distressing, of course, but also funny – which is surprising given that it is populated by children who have lost limbs to the land mines that plague the region.
Ghobadi’s first feature, in 2000, ‘A Time For Drunken Horses’, follows a young Kurdish boy who smuggles goods across the border between Iran and Iraq to feed his four siblings. Then, in 2002, with ‘Marooned in Iraq’, about two brothers who follow their father on a journey from Iran to Iraq to help a woman they haven’t seen in 23 years. Ghobadi’s films won awards at festivals from Cannes to Chicago.
Bahman Ghobadi was born in Baneh, in Iranian Kurdistan, and is now living in Tehran.