A story of ethnic conflict between Kurds and Iraqis in the context of the war between Iraq and Iran in the 1980s. The central story of the film is set at a time when Kurds were conscripted to serve in the Iraqi army, where they were brutally abused, as a despised minority in Saddam Hussein’s military.
Kilometre Zero pairs a Kurdish soldier, under orders to return the body of a dead soldier to his family, with an Iraqi taxi driver who will drive them cross-country to the dead soldier’s home. Scenes between the men, in the close quarters of their truck, are interwoven with scenes of often comic incompetence of Iraqi soldiers and officers.
“Heartbreaking and hilarious in equal measure, Saleem’s powerful film, shot on location in Iraqi Kurdistan, is a poignant account of the Kurdish people’s struggle for liberation and equality.”
— Ali Jaafar, BFI 50th London Film Festival Archives
“A story of deep visions rendered with an ironic eye for the humor to be found even in adversity.” — BBC
‘Kilometre Zero’ is an official selection of the prestigious, award-winning Global Lens Collection presented by the Global Film Initiative.
In Arabic, French, and Kurdish with English subtitles.