Shock and awe as seen through the eyes of children. In the interim period between the Desert X’s, a group of children in Kurdistan have banded together for survival. Satellite is a natural born leader, with his oversized glasses and nerdy look, he’s full of schemes, full of a protective love for those who believe in him. Satellite earned his name when he wangled a satellite dish and installed it in the village to monitor news of the outside world. This is a world of and for children. Adults play only a peripheral role: they are the actual bringers of war; they are the elders who sit in front of the satellite dish that has been placed before them; they are responsible for the unexploded ordnance, for the minefields – literally – that surround them.
This film with its focus on the hardships of war as they impact children is heartbreaking. From its opening flash-forward of a girl jumping off a cliff into the void – a metaphor for the future of Kurdistan – to the eventual second American invasion – the film is a relentless vision of war.