Ajyal Youth Film Festival 2015

All Films

The Quarter of Scarecrows (Garaqi Daholakan)

Arab Film Competition

للترجمة العربية اضغط على

Hassan Ali Mahmood / Feature Narrative / Kurdistan, Iraq / 2010 / 76 min / Color / 35 mm
In Kurdish, Arabic / English, Arabic subtitles
Interests: Drama, War
Middle East Premiere
Rated: Suitable for all audiences ages 4 and up.


  • Thu, Oct 28, 08:15 PM, (City Center 08) Regular screening
    • Q&A: Filmmaker in attendance
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  • Fri, Oct 29, 06:00 PM, (City Center 05) Regular screening
    • Q&A: Filmmaker in attendance
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Inspired by the eight-year war between Iraq and Iran in which millions of innocent civilians died, this drama is a disturbing allegory about tyranny. Sad yet powerful, it depicts an infestation of crows on a rich landowner's property and how a group of the village's children are captivated to become live scarecrows. Symbolic imagery manifests itself throughout the film, as scarecrows take over the land when children and soldiers are hired to shoot and repel crows, but when one child unexpectedly dies things take another turn.
First-time director Hassan Ali Mahmood delivers a brilliant treatise on the misery and horrors of war with this shocking story that introduces a new wave of post-war Iraqi filmmakers.


Hassan Ali Mahmood
Sherzad Hassan
Rajab Ahmed
Director of Photography
Mohammad Jano
Wedad-Qardash Turklar
Valid Marouf Jaro, Abdal Shawkat, Solav M. Khared, Taha Akhajan

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