MAROONED IN IRAQ

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Release Date: April 25, 2003

Starring: Shahab Ebrahimi, Iran Ghobadi,
Faegh Mohamadi, and
Allah-Morad Rashtian

Genre: Drama

Audience: Teenagers & adults REVIEWER:
Dr. Ted Baehr The Kurdish
movie A TIME FOR DRUNKEN
HORSES was a MOVIEGUIDEĀ®
favorite. Director Bahman
Ghobadi put some of his own
story into the wonderful movie
about the a little boy trying
to save this younger brother
in the cold, windswept
mountains of Iran and Iraq.
Bahman Ghobadi's MAROONED IN
IRAQ takes a different tact
toward the plight of the Kurds
whose homeland is divided
between Turkey, Syria, Iraq,
and Iran. With humor and
pathos, it shows the
devastation that Saddam
Hussein visited upon the Iraqi
Kurds. Mirza is a famous
singer in the Kurd community.
His fourth wife, Hanareh,
sends a message to come and
help her. Although they were
divorced when she ran off with
his best friend, Seyed, Mirza
tells his sons, Barat and
Audeh, that he is still
married to Hanareh so that his
sons will help him on the
long, arduous journey. Later,
he tells a friend that he lied
to his sons. Misra and Hanareh
and Zayed had a music group
that was renowned throughout
Kurdistan. The sons are also
musicians, although when Mirza
and his sons play music, it is
totally alien to western ears
and may even look comical. On
the journey, they are robbed,
forced to bury a matchmaker up
to his neck, caught in a
gunfight between an angry
suitor and the father who gave
his beloved away to another
man, confronted by the bleak
snow capped mountains, lost in
empty, devastated, bombed out
towns, and sidetracked by
women and children crying out
for their parents killed by
Saddam's bombing. Finally,
Mirza has to go on alone to
find Hanareh. When he gets to
the refugee camp where she is
staying, the people tell him
Hanareh is not there, and give
him Hanareh's daughter to take
home. The subplots involve the
sons. Audeh has seven wives
and 11 children, but keeps
marrying new wives in the
hopes of having a male heir.
Finally, a girl in the refugee
camp refuses his offer of
marriage and suggests that he
just adopt a boy. He adopts
two. Barat is a musician who
is single and getting old. He
hears a woman's beautiful
voice and falls in love with
her voice. He leaves her
father to pursue this
beautiful voice. Although the
director says his movies are
movies of prayer, there is
little that has to do with
religion or faith in this
movie. Rather, the movie shows
the plight of the Kurds
stranded in Iran, Iraq and
Turkey, despised by all and
attacked by the chemical
warfare warplanes of Saddam
Hussein. This movie has more
comedy than A TIME FOR DRUNKEN
HORSES, but not as much heart.
One point of humor is that in
this desolate land rumors and
reputation spread faster than
humans can travel, in spite of
the bombing, robberies and gun
fights. Therefore, everyone
knows Mirza and his musical
family and all of their trials
and tribulations. MAROONED IN
IRAQ is a visually stunning
film, showing a world that
really seems to be stranded on
another planet. It has drawn
good reviews, but will
probably not draw a large
audience. Please address your
comments to: Wellspring Media,
Inc. 419 Park Avenue South New
York, NY 10016 Phone: (212)
686-6777 Fax: (212)
545-9931 Website:
www.wellspring.com

Rating: PG

Runtime: 97 minutes

Distributor: Wellspring Media

Director: Bahman Ghobadi

Executive Producer:

Producer: Bahman Ghobadi

Writer: Bahman Ghobadi

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Content:

(Pa, FR, B, Ab, C, LL, VV, N, A, D, M) Very low key Islamic worldview with some moral as well as some immoral elements and the theme of sacrifice for the sake of love and honor; 6 obscenities and 7 profanities; fist fights, robberies, brandishing of knives, gun fights, and burying a man up to his neck Islamic elements; discussion of marriage; man is stripped to his underwear; drinking; smoking; and, frequent lying.

GENRE: Drama

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Summary:

With humor and pathos, MAROONED IN IRAQ shows the devastation that Saddam Hussein visited upon the Kurds in Iraq. It is a visually stunning film, showing a world that seems to be stranded on another planet.

Review:

The Kurdish movie A TIME FOR DRUNKEN HORSES was a MOVIEGUIDEĀ® favorite. Director Bahman Ghobadi put some of his own story into the wonderful movie about the a little boy trying to save this younger brother in the cold, windswept mountains of Iran and Iraq. Bahman Ghobadi's MAROONED IN IRAQ takes a different tact toward the plight of the Kurds whose homeland is divided between Turkey, Syria, Iraq, and Iran. With humor and pathos, it shows the devastation that Saddam Hussein visited upon the Iraqi Kurds.

Mirza is a famous singer in the Kurd community. His fourth wife, Hanareh, sends a message to come and help her. Although they were divorced when she ran off with his best friend, Seyed, Mirza tells his sons, Barat and Audeh, that he is still married to Hanareh so that his sons will help him on the long, arduous journey. Later, he tells a friend that he lied to his sons.

Misra and Hanareh and Zayed had a music group that was renowned throughout Kurdistan. The sons are also musicians, although when Mirza and his sons play music, it is totally alien to western ears and may even look comical.

On the journey, they are robbed, forced to bury a matchmaker up to his neck, caught in a gunfight between an angry suitor and the father who gave his beloved away to another man, confronted by the bleak snow capped mountains, lost in empty, devastated, bombed out towns, and sidetracked by women and children crying out for their parents killed by Saddam's bombing. Finally, Mirza has to go on alone to find Hanareh. When he gets to the refugee camp where she is staying, the people tell him Hanareh is not there, and give him Hanareh's daughter to take home.

The subplots involve the sons. Audeh has seven wives and 11 children, but keeps marrying new wives in the hopes of having a male heir. Finally, a girl in the refugee camp refuses his offer of marriage and suggests that he just adopt a boy. He adopts two. Barat is a musician who is single and getting old. He hears a woman's beautiful voice and falls in love with her voice. He leaves her father to pursue this beautiful voice.

Although the director says his movies are movies of prayer, there is little that has to do with religion or faith in this movie. Rather, the movie shows the plight of the Kurds stranded in Iran, Iraq and Turkey, despised by all and attacked by the chemical warfare warplanes of Saddam Hussein. This movie has more comedy than A TIME FOR DRUNKEN HORSES, but not as much heart. One point of humor is that in this desolate land rumors and reputation spread faster than humans can travel, in spite of the bombing, robberies and gun fights. Therefore, everyone knows Mirza and his musical family and all of their trials and tribulations.

MAROONED IN IRAQ is a visually stunning film, showing a world that really seems to be stranded on another planet. It has drawn good reviews, but will probably not draw a large audience.

Please address your comments to:

Wellspring Media, Inc.

419 Park Avenue South

New York, NY 10016

Phone: (212) 686-6777

Fax: (212) 545-9931

Website: www.wellspring.com

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