Published On: Sun, Dec 13th, 2015

The raw character of the camera


My Sweet Pepper Land, 2013 French-German co-production drama movie which was made by Iraqi film-maker Huner Saleem, describes the narrative of a police officer Baran and schoolteacher Govend who cope with the caldron of individual and communal options in the antagonistic borders of Erbil, the capital of Kurdistan. The setting of the movie is much Westernesque and array remains a foundation, with inexpressive comic scenes interrupting the runtime.

The movie was displayed at Alliance Française de Karachi to observe the International Human Rights Day on Thursday. The representation happened in association with Goethe-Institute, was pursued by a debate on the movie’s aesthetics. The organizations of France and Germany have collaborated with the United Nations to plan movies on human rights in the big cities of the state as a branch of the Human Rights by Cinematography commence.

The character of Baran, which was played by Korkmaz Arslan, is stated is a valley that situated on the boundaries of Iran, Iraq and Turkey — unruly area extensive with medicine, drug and alcohol smuggling. On the further side, the character of Govend, which was played by Golshifteh Farahani, is an unmarried 28-year-old girl who teaches at a nearby school. The chief of the Tribal area, Agha Aziz, stands between their relationship and the movie is all about the clashes between both sides, with womanly Kurdish fighters providing a hand to the duo.

The author Bina Shah, who was also included in the panel for the discussing the movie, highlighted the two conflicting ends of the effort for women’s rights represented in the movie, first by the pen and the second by arms. She stated that “The characters of women [freedom fighters] were more interesting. They overturned this stereotype we have that women are more peaceful than men. These were women who fight and kill.” Shah was connected by an experienced journalist and author Ghazi Salahuddin, Dr. Framji Minwalla from the Institute of Business Administration, Karachi and Dr. Markus Heidingsfelder from Habib University. Stefan Winkler, director of Goethe-Institut to modest the meeting, asked a relevant query regarding the tribesmen, “Is it the school or the single woman that they don’t want?”

Salahuddin stated on the event that “It is made by Hiner Saleem, who is a Kurd and believes in Kurdish freedom. This is the [same] region where [Islamic State] IS is functioning and the Kurds are on the forefront of the resistance against them.” He disagrees from Shah and told that law and order is a much prevailing theme of the movie then women’s rights. He goes similar between the situations of Pakistan and Afghanistan’s unruly borders and the regions exposed in the movie.

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Sidra Muntaha

- Sidra Tul Muntaha is a journalist (MA-Mass Communication and M.Phil in Mass Communication) based in Lahore. She is working as an editor at fashion, style and entertainment in the section of the Kooza. She writes fashion and entertainment articles for The Kooza News.