This is the first film made in Iraq after the fall of Saddam.
Kurdish filmmaker Bahman Ghobadi showed in his previous movie 'A Time for Drunken Horses' that he is a natural when it comes to showing the tough adult world the children try to survive. In this movie, Kurdish orphans (most of them are mutilated) try to hold to whatever is left, in their case landmines. They dig the landmines and sell them for food.
The children’s leader is a thirteen-year-old Satellite who is trying to seek a satellite dish antenna for the village in order to find out what is going to happen to them. Coming from a neighbouring village Henkov, a mutilated boy, with his younger sister and her child born of rape by one of Saddam’s officers. Satellite has a crush on the sister not realising she is contemplating suicide.
Bahman Ghobadi is not trying to say ‘save the children’ or ‘feel sorry for them’; he is just telling the story of reality, the children are the truest victims of war.
Thanks to the children, this is a film that encapsulates a spectrum of emotions - from humour to horror.
It’s a definite must see!!