A recently orphaned young Kurdish-French woman travels to Iraqi Kurdistan to find her mother's village, likely destroyed during the Anfal genocide. On her journey she meets two American film students who are traveling to remote villages screening Charlie Chaplin films. They decide to help her search, an undertaking that brings them to the war-weary Mount Qandil, dubbed by the locals the Kurdish Bermuda Triangle, along the Iraqi-Turkish-Iranian borders.
"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
"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
"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