Turtles Can Fly

2004 | Drama | 97 minutes | Kurdish with English subtitles


In a Kurdish refugee camp in Iraq in 2003, thirteen-year-old Soran, known by the locals as Satellite, organizes gangs of children to disarm land mines  he can then sell to arms dealers. Additionally, he gets his nickname  buying and installing TV satellites in the villages. The villagers are anxious to follow the news on television about the U.S. imminent invasion of Iraq to depose the hated Saddam Hussein. Soon, Soran falls in love with teenager Agrin, who, alone, cares for  her disabled brother Hengov, and their two-year-old brother, Riga. As the invasion commences Soran learns more about Agrin and her past. He begins to realize how powerless he is in a world that seems to have no place for children like him.
Soran Ebrahim (Soran Kak/Satellite) / Avaz Latif (Agrin) / Hiresh Feysal Rahman (Hengov) / Abdol Rahman Karim (Riga)
Why Stream This Film?
The Kurdistan region of Iraq: hopelessness, tragedy,  despair. The Kurds are a people without a country, without freedom. Their plight is often seen on the evening news but it becomes more searing when seen in this film.
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score (Critics Consensus): 88%
  • Metacritic Score: 85
  • Berlin International Film Festival: Winner, Best Film
  • Chicago International Film Festival: Winner, Jury Special Prize

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A.O. Scott

The New York Times

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