Movie Review: Half Moon

The following movie was reviewed at the 2007 Tribeca Film Festival:

Half Moon

Half Moon (Niwemang)
World Narrative Competition
2006, Iran, Iraq, Austria, France
Bahman Ghobadi

Celebrated filmmaker, Bahman Ghobadi, returns with this meditative portrayal on life after the Saddam Hussein regime in Kurdistan, and how the characters in his film deal with the restraints still placed upon them today. The first Kurdish director in the history of Iranian cinema, Ghobadi has come to prominence and is recognized as one of the leading figures in the New Iranian cinema. With films such as A Time for Drunken Horses (2000) and Turtles Can Fly (2004), Ghobadi has achieved a careful and loving examination of his own people and their daily lives. These stories are not overt political statements; they present small groups of characters coping with an ever-changing modern Iran and Iraq.

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