It is the early 1990’s in Kurdistan, northern Iraq. Saddam Hussein has a startling grip of the Kurdish population and his regime is threatening to escalate the terror. Life is not easy for the homeless brothers Zana and Dana in their Kurdish village.

One day, the solution for all of Kurdistan’s troubles appears through a hole in the wall, as the brothers peek in on a screening of »Superman« at the worn-out local cinema. Equipped with determination and a donkey named Michael Jackson, the duo set off to find the “big city where Superman lives” – America. Surely, an Iraqi dictator will be no match for a superhero.

Having fled Kurdistan as a child in the 1990’s, debuting director Karzan Kader draws from personal experience when creating this warm and rather unusual road movie. Through the naïve eyes of the two children, he leads us to approach the heavy subjects of war and oppression with charm and wit, in a deceivingly easygoing manner.

MALIN WIMAN

Bekas poster
Title
Bekas
Director
Karzan Kader
Country
Sweden, Finland, Iraq
Length
92 min
Festival
2012
Section
Competition
Language
Kurdish
Subtitle
English
Premiere status
World Premiere
Production year
2012
Cast
Zamand Taha, Sarwar Fazil
Producer
Sandra Harms
Script
Karzan Kader
Music
Juhana Lehtiniemi

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