Turtles can fly –  – Kurdish
War always leaves a very deep wound in everybody’s heart who are part of it and also witnessing them. And if they are children??? the wounds will never heal. ‘Turtles can fly’ is the film on 4 children who live near the Iraq – Turkey border just before the US – Iraq war.
Film opens with a little girl named Agrin ready to jump off the cliff. A boy named ‘Satellite’ more because of his knowledge about the antennas and satellites was the most sought after and respected in the refugee camp among the elder and younger. Elders, for his knowledge in English which is required to know about the war news. Youngers, for his leadership skills and he is the one who gets job in landmines for them. He also negotiates very well with the land owners for payment.
Agrin and his brother Henkov comes to that refugee camp with a toddler. Satellite falls for Agrin and does helps her voluntarily. He even saves the life of the toddler just because he is with her but loses one of his legs while saving him.
Even though disabled without any arms, Henkov has a special ability to foresee the future. While Agrin wants to leave the child there and move somewhere, Henkov doesn’t agree with that. While we start hating Agrin for her inhuman nature, flashback was shown with a little Agrin was struggling against few military men whom unleashing themselves on Agrin with sexual desire. Henkov tries to stop them. But his efforts goes in vain. From this, the moves to a devastating climax leaving ourselves stunned.
The children acted in this movie has given some brilliant performances. The film portrays the tension and expectation among the people in Iraq about the war. Our heart pulses raises when we children involving themselves in the dangerous work of removing the landmines. While some gets injured, other continue as it is the only job they can get some money. Also the weapons are being sold like eatables in Iraq with Satellites and his friends goes buys the armories easily.
When we come to know the kid Agrin carries with her was hers, we can feel how the girls and women were brutalized and the first to be at the receiving end of violence in case of war. Its sad and heart-wrenching.