"Turtles Can Fly" at AWARE

This Wednesday, AWARE would be screening the award winning film “Turtles Can Fly“.

Date: Wednesday, March 7

Time: 7 pm

Length: 1 hour 37m

Admission: Free

Place: AWARE


In Kurdish with English subtitles

From acclaimed director Bahman Ghobadi comes the first film shot in Iraq since the fall of Saddam Hussain. “Heart-wrenching as well as spirit raising” (The Hollywood Reporter), Turtles can fly mixes humor and tragedy to startling effect, resulting in a “very timely masterpiece” (TV Guide) about children struggling to survive an endless war zone.

On the Iraqi-Turkish border, enterprising 13 year old “Satelite” (Soran Ebrahim) is the de facto leader of a Kurdish village, thanks to his ability to install satellite dishes and translate news of the pending US invasion. Organizing fellow orphans into landmine collection teams so that they can make a living, he is all business until the arrival of a clairvoyant boy and his quiet, beautiful sister.

Other reviews: “Belongs on movie lovers must-see list” (New York Post)

“Excellent. Rarely does a film feel this urgent” (Indiewire)

“Astonishing Performances” (The Guardian)

“Extraordinarily moving” (Boxoffice)

“Unforgettable” (Newsweek)

“Heartbreaking” (The New York Times)


  1. Glass Bear, Best Feature Film and Peace Film Award, Berlin International Film Festival, 2005.
  2. Golden Seashell, Best Film, San Sebastián International Film Festival, 2004.
  3. Special Jury Award, Chicago International Film Festival, 2004.
  4. International Jury and Audience Awards, São Paulo International Film Festival, 2004.
  5. La Pieza Award, Best Film, Mexico City International Contemporary Film Festival, 2005.
  6. Audience Award, Rotterdam International Film Festival, 2005.
  7. Golden Prometheus, Best Film, Tbilisi International Film Festival, 2005.
  8. Aurora Award, Tromsø International Film Festival, 2005.
  9. Golden Butterfly, Isfahan International Festival of Films for Children, 2004.

7 thoughts on “"Turtles Can Fly" at AWARE

  1. It looks like an interesting movie.
    It’s on my list now:-)

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  2. tigress: though i could hear lots of sniffs in the theater, i didn’t really find it sad (even the rape scene). I found it hurtful; even the sarcastic humor had a lot of poignant
    truth behind it.

    esl learner: i just saw it last night and i already want to see it again.

    kitty: hope not 😉

    solar alchemist: i don’t know what kind of movies you like, but i highly recommend it. Very few films have unforgettable scenes for me, this one had one that will always stick with me.

  3. The trauma of war has been an issue much covered in cinema, but in this film, we are shown the impact that it has on those who are most innocent of all- the children. War from an innocent perspective; yet not a dark comedy- this film has a lot to offer. This also reveals another aspect of this film- the adults in the film are shown as the scared lot. They are always shown hiding, squeaking in their houses; following orthodox practices. It leaves you in a land where war can be smelled, where destruction is not a new addition to the inhabitant’s menu. The adults being dormant, while the kids are enthusiastic is totally justified.

    Prior to this, Schindler’s List, Life is Beautiful and a selected handful unforgettable films had also fearlessly covered this nightmarish, inhumane aspect of war. This film hits hard enough to be called a masterpiece. After these 1 hr 37 minutes of brainwash, I stared blankly at the screen for fifteen minutes, amidst a state of pure, and surprisingly prolonged, emotional helplessness. I felt like loosing something… I felt the pain of lost innocence.

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