A FLAG WITHOUT A COUNTRY
Real-life pop star Helly Luv is on a scavenger hunt: She needs 30 little Kurdish flags, five Russian AK-47s, a few Syrian refugee kids and a heavily sedated lion for her new music video. Narimar is an injured pilot, hobbling through the town of Erbil to recruit students for his flying school. They both seek reinforcements among the young Kurdish refugees from Syria, while their own stories from the time of the Kuwait invasion are told in flashbacks. Bahman Ghobadi has been shooting semi-documentary films about the Kurdish people for twenty years. In his latest film A FLAG WITOUT A COUNTRY, a new threat to Kurdistan has emerged: IS.
With: Helly Luv, Nariman Anwar
Screenplay: Bahman Ghobadi
Director of Photography: Jafar Aslani
Film Editor: Bahman Ghobadi, Batin Ghobadi
Composer: Bahman Ghobadi, Ashkan Kooshanejad, Vedat Yildirim, Bajar and Kardes Turkler, Huseyin Karabey, Lawje
Sound: Mohammad Towrivarian
Producer: Bahman Ghobadi
Production Company: Mij Film Co
Director: Bahman Ghobadi
Bahman Ghobadi was born in Baneh in 1969, a city in Iranian Kurdistan near the Iraqi border. The Iran-Iraq War forced his family to move to Sanandaj, the capital of Iranian Kurdistan. After high school graduation, Ghobadi moved to Teheran, where he began working as a photographer. He attended Iranian Broadcasting College, but did not graduate. He then worked as assistant director to Abbas Kiarostami on THE WIND WILL CARRY US. After shooting several documentary shorts on Super8, he made his award-winning breakout short LIFE IN FOG 1999. He named his production co. Mij (Fog), which funds and produces Kurdish films, after this film. “Iran has always been a region that cradled a multitude of different ethnic groups, Turkmens, Kurds and Turks, yet their voices are rarely expressed in Iranian cinema,” says Ghobadi. He made the first Iranian Kurdish feature film 2000, A TIME FOR DRUNKEN HORSES, followed by TURTLES CAN FLY (2004), HALF MOON (2006) and NO ONE KNOWS ABOUT PERSIAN CATS (2009), winning numerous international awards, including the Caméra d'Or in Cannes, the Glass Bear in Berlin, two main prizes in San Sebastian, the Index on Censorship award and numerous audience awards worldwide. Bahman Ghobadi has been making Kurdish films for twenty years now, often working with non-actors and laypeople.