Games Without Frontiers

Christina Leadlay
Published: Wednesday, 04/27/2005 12:00 am EDT

Children are the centre of attention in Turtles Can Fly, though the game they play is hardly the safest or most fun. Iranian-Kurdish director Bahman Ghobadi tells this urgently relevant and sombre tale of a group of children living in a refugee camp in a Kurdistan village, on the Iraqi-Turkish border. The children­ already maimed by landmines ­ spend their days finding unexploded devices and selling them to local UN personnel as their means of making a living. However, their routine is overshadowed by the impending outbreak of the American war against Saddam Hussein, as they frantically mount a search for modern telecommunications devices in order to find out when the war will begin. Consult Listings for showtimes.

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