Good Kurds, Bad Kurds (1998)

Good Kurds, Bad Kurds
Type Feature Film
MPAA Rating N/A
Runtime 1hr 12mins.
Genres Documentary
Keywords N/A
Status Released
US Release Date
Name Credit Credited as Role Id Sort Order
Kevin McKiernan Director n/a 2 2000001
Kevin McKiernan Producer n/a 3 3000001
Kevin McKiernan Screenplay n/a 120778 4000001
Kevin McKiernan Cinematographer cinematography 402 6000001
Haskell Wexler Cinematographer cinematography 402 6000002
Tom Miller Editor n/a 172 7000001
Bronwen Jones Music n/a 120781 8000001
A chronicle which details the human rights disaster that was the ethnic cleansing of Kurds in Turkey. The documentary features war zone footage and a close-up view of life for one Kurdish family trying to start over again in Santa Barbara, California. With a population of 25 million spilling over the borders of Turkey, Iraq, Iran, Syria and the former Soviet Union, the Kurds have maintained their way of life for more than 2000 years. However, in Turkey they are forbidden to speak their own language or to call their children by Kurdish names, while in nearby Iraq, the Kurds have been supported in their fight for identity by the United States. This division in the eyes of the international community into "good Kurds" and "bad Kurds" brings into focus what the film suggests is an inequity in American human rights policies.