Mandoo

Original title: Mandoo
Type : Fiction

Cast:
Rojan Mahamad; Shahab Fazili; Tima Amiri; Avesta Khalid; Mahmoud Gli

Crew:
Directed by: Ebrahim Saeedi
Screenplay: Ebrahim Saeedi & Hossein Abkenar
Director of Photography: Bayram Fazli
Editing: Ebrahim Saeedi
Music: Ali Samadpour
Sound Designers: Hossein Ghourtchian & Ebrahim Saeedi
Sound Recordist: Hossein Ghourtchian
Special effect: Davoud Rassoulian
Producer: Shakhawan Edris
Company: Kurdistan regional government, Ministry of Culture & Youth – Iraq
Co-Producer: Ebrahim Saeedi
Executive Producer & Production Manager: Farzin Karim
Year: 2010
Running Time:
90 min
Film Gauge: 35mm; colour
Original version: Kurdish & Arabic

Festivals:
* – Locarno International Film Festival, Switzerland. 4 – 14 August, 2010. « Competitive Section Filmmakers of the present »
* – Toronto International Film Festival, Canada. September 9 – 19, 2010. « Non Competitive Section »
* – 7th Reykjavik International Film Festival, Iceland. September 23rd – October 3rd, 2010. « Competitive Section »
* – 15th Pusan International Film Festival, South Korea. October 7 – 15, 2010. « A Window on Asian Cinema »
* –  40th Molodist International Film Festival, Kyiv, Ukraine. October 23 – 31, 2010. « Competitive Section »
* – 11th Asiatica Film Mediale, Roma, Italia. November 12 – 20, 2010. « Non Competitive Section »
* – Plus Camerimage Film Festival, Poland. November 28th – December 3rd, 2010. « Competitive Section »
*–   50th Thessaloniki International Film Festival, Greece. From  December 3 – 12 2010. « Competitive Section »
* – 7th Dubai International Film Festival / Muhr AsiaAfrica Feature Film Competition. 12 to 19 December 2010. « Competitive Section »
* – 4th Arab Film Festival Tübingen, Germany. January 20-26, 2011. « Non Competitive Festival »
* – 39th Belgrade International Film Festival, Serbia. February 25 – March 6, 2011. « Non Competitive Section »
* – 28th Miami International Film Festival, USA. March 4 – 13, 2011. « Competitive Section »
* – 5th Diyarbakır Film Days, Turkey. May 2011. « Non Competitive Festival »
* – 8th Yrevan International Film Festival  » GOLDEN APRICOT », Armenia.  July 10- 17, 2011. « Directors Across Borders Regional Film » program.
* – 11th Beirut International Film Festival, Lebanon. From October 5 – 13, 2011. « Competitive Section »
* – Middle East: What Cinema Can Do Film Festival, Paris, France. November 30 –  December 13, 2011.
* – 6th Kurde Film Festival, Berlin, Germany. November 11 – 18, 2011. « Non Competitive Festival »
*– 16th Sofia International Film Festival Bulgaria. From March 9-18, 2012. « Non Competitive Section »

Awards:
* Winner of: FIPRESCI Prize at International film Festival Yerevan, Armenia, 2011.
* Winner of: France 24 Award Jury Prize at Beirut International Film Festival 2011.

press kit :

Synopsis:
« During the events of 1979 Iranian Kurdistan was in turmoil. Political infighting stemming from the Islamic revolution obliged Iranian Kurds to flee their homeland and seek refuge in neighbouring Iraq. Once arrived, the refugees were placed in camps, such as Altash, in which living conditions were deplorable ».
The film opens in Iraq 2004. Sheelan, a young female doctor of Kurdish origin having fled to Sweden with her parents, has taken advantage of the fall of Saddam Hussein to return to Iraq. She wants to find her uncle from whom she has had no news for over 20 years.
Shortly after her arrival Sheelan discovers that her uncle has suffered a stroke and lost the faculty of speech. Her cousin informs her that he wishes to take his father back to Iranian Kurdistan where he’ll be able to live his final days surrounded by memories of his homeland.
Having been unable to convince them to go to Sweden with her, Sheelan decides  to accompany them on their homeward trek.
The road to Iran will be long and full of twists and turns.

Director’s statement:
Many regions of the world are confronted by problems of migration. Economic migrants, asylum-seekers and refugees are often obliged to leave their homelands whilst maintaining a desire to return to the place of their birth.
One people affected by this phenomenon are the Kurds, a people whose motherland stretches across Turkey, Syria, Iraq and Iran, and whose plight has worsened over the past hundred years.
My film focuses on one small element of forced migration as a means of illustrating a general malaise.

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