A harrowing tale about war and the survival of the human spirit. Near the Iraqi-Turkish border on the eve of the American invasion, refugee children gauge and await their fate.
Shot in an active war zone with non-professional actors, Turtles Can Fly, is a remarkable achievement. Ghobadi captures strong and courageous performances from what is primarily a cast of children, in cinema verité style. Soran Ebrahim's accomplished portrayal of Satellite, shows the strength of a leader as well as the vulnerability of a child. Despite the tragedy in this story, Ghobadi's script balances it with much humour and hope. I think this is inspirational filmmaking.