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SONG OF HANDS

What to know: A film provides a glimpse into Kurdish life under strict religious rules that prohibit music and the spirit of freedom and art that cannot be completely eradicated.
SONG OF HANDS is in the KIDS FIRST! Film Festival - it may not be a regular, endorsed title
Recommended age 8-16
20 minutes
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HAMZE ZAREI
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Gorgeous cinematography, excellent sound track including Kurdish music and folksongs, colorful clothing of Kurdish girls and amazing location shots. This is a sensitive, well-made film by a Kurdish director who has deep roots in his culture. The film is set in gorgeous locations, with (what appears to be) non-actors who portray the story movingly. The film provides a glimpse into Kurdish life under strict religious rules that prohibit music and the spirit of freedom and art that cannot be completely eradicated. I particularly enjoyed the beauty of the landscape, the music, the performances, the glimpse into another world, the exquisite cinematography and the resiliency of women and art. It may be a bit slow paced for an American audience and the subtitles not always accurate. The story flows from beginning to end and, though there is sadness, more importantly it shows the resilience of spirit. Because of the subject matter and subtitles, I recommend this for ages 8 to 16 as well as adults. Particular appeal for those looking for foreign films, Middle Eastern cinema, world religion and culture and music
Song of the Hands is The story that narrated by a kid (hiwa) who is fascinated by music, and accompany other children in this passion. But under the pressure of the traditional and religious environment his father breaks his musical instrument , Hiwa is hugging the pieces of the instrument and ...
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