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Published May 13th 2014
A beautiful film with haunting sounds and scenes
My Sweet Pepper Land's Govend (Golshifteh Farahani)
A film by Hiner Saleem and starring Golshifteh Farahani (Govend the school teacher) and Korkmaz Arslan (Baran the new commander) it is set in the harsh border town of Qamarian, loosely referred to as The Bermuda Triangle. This is a place where the Turkish Kurds come for weapons and the Iraqi Kurds smuggle alcohol. The town comes complete with the corrupt and self proclaimed 'Lord' Aziz Aga (actor Tarik Akreyi) who keeps a firm hold on the town to suit his agenda while hunting down a group of female guerillas. This is not a simple story of love.
A visually engaging film celebrating strong women and upstanding men, determined to make life better against all odds.
Govend and Baran were destined to meet in this lawless land. Twin souls escaping the same fate of arranged marriages, they meet during a two hour journey one must take on foot to the border town because the bridge has been destroyed.
Quietly strong and determined to uphold the law in a land of corrupt men, determined not to leave the country to them, Baran is faced with seeing first hand how the underdog is stomped upon by cultural mindsets, at Pepper Land, the local drinking hole and only Inn.
Enter beautiful single young female teacher Govend who stands strong against her father and band of 12 brothers, determined to reach the children who otherwise have no opportunity for an education, in a place that does not want her.
A classroom of children caught in an educational tug of war