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Ghobadi: I am a Kurdish director, and no political party owns my
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Bahman Ghobadi: I am a Kurdish director, and no
political party owns my film
celebrated Iranian Kurdish filmmaker, Bahman Ghobadi,
refutes claims that his latest motion picture,
Turtles Can Fly, has been funded by specific
political parties or individuals.
“The budget for making the film was estimated at over 700 million Iranian
tumans which was funded by MIJ Film Company and the
French movie producing company of BACK Film.
These two companies have copyright over the movie. I
declare it here that no one nor any party or group
owns the movie and only the director and the
companies mentioned above have a right concerning
the film,” Mr Ghobadi said in a statement, which was
sent to Peyamner.com on Saturday. “Turtles Can Fly”
which already has won a Spanish award, is the
Kurdish contribution to the Academy Award
competition next year and could be one of the five
final foreign movies to be presented at the gala in
Various news agencies, including Peyamner.com, had
previously reported that the movie which is about
Iraqi Kurd children in a refuge camp prior to
toppling Saddam Hussein in 2003, was funded by Iraqi
This is now being rejected by Mr Ghobadi who also
thanks the Kurdish authorities for their support. “I
am a Kurdish director who wishes to serve his nation
and his country through works within cinema.
to lift the voice of the Kurds in the world,” Mr Ghobadi writes further in his statement.
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