Chaplin of the Mountains

KurdishCinema - September 12, 2009

Principle photography has
been completed on Jano
Rosebiani’s new film,
"Chaplin of the Mountains"
in Southern Kurdistan.
Starring a collection of
actors from Los Angeles,
New York, Vancouver and
Berlin, “Chaplin…” is the
first English language film
to be shot in the region.

“Chaplin of the Mountains”
is a character-driven
intellectual road movie
that explores the Kurdish
mountains and culture.
The story revolves around
Nazé (Estelle Bajou), a
Kurdish/French woman in
search of her Kurdish
roots. She hooks up with
all American David (Zack
Gold) and Kurdish/
American Alan (Bennett
Viso), two fresh out of film
school Americans who
screen Charlie Chaplin
films in remote mountain
villages. Guided by local
TV star, Reboir (Kurdo
Galali) and aided by local journalist Shireen (Taies Farzan) who dreams of going
to the West, they embark on a journey across the rugged mountains in search of
Nazé’s village. However, it turns out the village in question was leveled during
the 1987 Anfal genocide and its population was perished, save for Mam Choly
(Enwer Shekhani), an invalid elderly who refuses to leave the ruins and who
turns out to be Nazé’s grandfather.

"Chaplin of the Mountains" was written by Rosebiani in two weeks and was shot on
a shoestring budget in 25 days in July. Rosebiani is now editing the film in
California where he lives.

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