My Sweet Pepper Land
My Sweet Pepper Land (2014)

After the fall of Saddam Hussein, Baran, a Kurdish independence war hero, resolves to accept a position in a godforsaken village at the borders of Iran and Turkey, an illegal trafficking Eldorado .There he meets Govend, a beautiful young… More

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Tim Campbell
Minneapolis Star Tribune

The film's outcome may be predictable, and its framework decidedly retro, but the themes are anything but, including a healthy dose of feminism.

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Cameron Williams
The Popcorn Junkie

A solid foreign twist on gunslingers and damsels in distress

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Philippa Hawker
The Age (Australia)

One of the notable achievements Saleem's quietly surprising film is a combination of off-beat comedy and a strong sense of menace and danger.

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Jordan Hoffman

An interesting blend of classic cinema tropes set in the extremely specific (and rarely discussed) liberated Kurdistan.

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Jim Schembri

As well as being another contemporary example of gutsy, engrossing drama coming from foreign filmmakers, it is also telling that we have to look to foreign language films such as this and Wadjda for female characters worth a damn.

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Sandra Hall
Sydney Morning Herald

Admittedly, the denouement is slightly off the pace and it all fades to an anticlimax, but wide blue skies, craggy bluffs and sure-footed mountain ponies are all put to good use.

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T'Cha Dunlevy
Montreal Gazette

An amusing, touching and subtly transportive film set in a place you'll probably never get to visit.

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David Stratton
The Australian

If you get right down to it Baran represents the new sheriff attempting to bring law and order to an unruly and violent town while dallying with the local schoolmistress. The result is a film of great cultural interest plus suspense and humour.

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Tom Clift
Concrete Playground

Director Hiner Saleem takes the trappings of an old-school American Western, and infuses them with a distinctively Kurdish feel.

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