Saturday, May 28, 2005

Turtles Can Fly

Another posting inspired by Fareed Zakaria's Foreign Exchange program on PBS. On last week's show, Fareed showed a clip from Turtles Can Fly, the first film about the Kurds shot on location in Iraqi Kurdistan. The film has an amateurish quality to it, in part because of the all-amateur cast of actual Kurdish children, but it offers a different perspective on life, with children spending their days digging up land mines to sell for scrap metal.

Fareed also had an extensive interview with Mohammed El Baradei, the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency, on the subject of nuclear weapons proliferation. Even if we limit ourselves to President George W. Bush's famous "Axis of Evil," can anyone look at Iraq, Iran, and North Korea in 2002, and honestly say that Iraq was the most immediate threat to America?

(Degrassi was a re-run.)