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My Sweet Pepper Land

OT: My Sweet Pepper Land

Hiner Saleem // France, Germany, Iraq, 2013
Fiction Feature // FF2013



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

Fiction Feature


Agenda 13//FF2013

France, Germany, Iraq


95 min

OV with English subtitles

Hiner Saleem

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

Pascal Auffray

Sophie Reine, Clémence Samson, Juliette Haubois

Pauline Batista, Ceylan Remezan

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