Images and scenery recall the Wild West, but the backdrop for this Kurdish Western is a provincial backwater in the no-man’s-land between Iran, Iraq and Turkey. Once upon a time, Baran was a fighter for Kurdish independence, now he is transferred to the area as police chief. He quickly comes into conflict with the corrupt tribal chief Aga Azzi and his gang, who smuggle alcohol and drugs. Baran meets the young teacher Govend, who lives as an unmarried woman outside the bounds of normal society. Baran and Govend form an alliance of two outsiders in the fight against a violent, patriarchal society. Screening on 29.09. in attendance of: Hiner Saleem (Director), Benny Drechsel (Producer), Korkmaz Arslan (Cast)
Hiner Saleem (*1954) is a Kurd who has lived for many years in France. His work deals mainly with Kurdish themes, as did Vodka Lemon, his best-known film to date.
My Sweet Pepper Land
France, Germany, Iraq
OV with English subtitles
Hiner Saleem, Antoine Lacomblez
Golshifteh Farahani, Korkmaz Arslan, Suat Usta, Mir Murad Bedirxan, Fayyaz Doman, Tarik Akreyi
Marc Bordure, Robert Guédiguian, Benny Drechsel, Karsten Stöter