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"Writer and director, Jano Rosebiani, brings a surprising lightness to his material, which is further buoyed by a melodic soundtrack and Jonas Sacks's lovely landscape photography."

                                                                                                               -Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times, Feb. 20, 2014

"There's a great deal of breathtaking scenery, and Rosebiani blends the travelogue vistas with a sense of what daily existence is like in these villages. There's a simplicity and directness in "Chaplin of the Mountains" that keeps it aloft."

                                                                                                                -Farran Smith Nehme, New York Post, Feb. 20, 2014

"To this viewer, what makes it most memorable is the portrait of ordinary Kurdish people shot on location in a remote but beautiful region. They are the real stars. Most of all, you will be mesmerized by a series of performances by Kurdish folk musicians and dancers who are celebrating the continuation of an ancient civilization against all odds."

                                                                                                                 -Louis Proyect, NY Critic / Blogger, Feb. 22, 2014

"[Rosebiani] manages to depict the still horrendous conditions faced by the region's women while demonstrating the growing artistic freedom seeping into its milieu."

                                                                                                         -Frank Scheck, The Hollywood Reporter, Feb. 19, 2014

"At times the film will remind you of magical realism. Viyan climbs a tree in a wedding dress to avoid Hemmo's all-too-persistent advances, a scene that will remind you of a Gabriel Garcia Marquez novel."

                                                                                                            -Louis Proyect, NY Critic / Blogger, Feb. 22, 2014

- The walking wounded, DAVID LIPFERT, OFFOFFOFF.COM. THE GUIDE TO ALTERNATIVE NEW YORK, JUNE 13, 2003

- Jiyan Review, Tim Evans, Sky Movies

- Jiyan Review, Filmfour.com

- Jiyan Review, Philip French, The Guardian, Sunday February 16, 2003

- Jiyan Review, Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian, Friday February 14, 2003

- Jiyan Review, Jamie Russel, Lincolnshire Film, BBC International, February 5, 2003

- As FLIFF ends, extra Jiyan a fine touch, John Dolen, South Florida Sun-Sentinel, November 10 2002

- LIFE (JIYAN), Jaap Mees, Talking Picture, London, UK

- Jiyan Review, Adrian Bailey, Liverpool, UK, January 2002

- Jiyan Means Life in Kurdish. In English, Death Will Do, Kani Xulam, The American Kurdish Information Network (AKIN),  June 30, 2003

- Movie looks at life in Halabja after chemical attack - Ali Jaafar, The Daily Star, London, June 21, 2003

- Erger dan 911, Kees Driessen, The Daily Tiger, 25 January 2002 (in Dutch)

- O Cinema como veículo de intervenção social: Sobre o filme Vida (Jiyan) do realizador Curdo jano Rosebiani, Cristina Gomes da Silva - SociólogapFestroia – Setúbal, Junho de 2002

- Jiyan Review, Japan Times, September 19, 2004 (in Japanese)

 - Jiyan Review, Japan Times, September 23, 2004 (in Japanese)

- Jiyan Review, Japan Times, September 28, 2004 (in Japanese)

- Land and freedom, Wendy Ide, The Guardian, Friday January 31, 2003

- Screen Picks, Sam Adams, Philladelphia City Paper

- Scenes From The Front, Mark Schelling, Japan Times

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"Rosebiani's emotionally moving sequence presents without comment a portrait of his fellow Kurdish victims. Footage of Ali Hassan al-Majeed, aka "Chemical Ali," detailing on camera his genocidal plans is truly chilling, as are eyewitness accounts of mass executions at Mahaweel camp, of prison torture in Kirkuk and of chemical bombings in Halabja."
                                                                                                                                             -Robert Koehler, Variety

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