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Kids' Films Tackle Grown Up Themes at Berlin Festival

February 12, 2009

BERLIN (AFP) — The 59th Berlin Film Festival this week has a whole section of films about the world as seen through children's eyes but many tackle shockingly adult themes.

"Niloofar" for example is a film about a 13-year old Iraqi girl trying to hide the fact that she has started to menstruate in order to put off for as long as possible her arranged marriage.

Set in Iraq but using Iranian actors, one day the truth emerges. Niloofar runs away and her brother is told to kill her to preserve the family honour.

"I think it's a bit heavy going for children," the film's Lebanese director Sabine El Gemayel admits. Read more