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Jano Rosebiani's pedestrian explorations of Kurdish culture
Jano Rosebiani's pedestrian explorations of Kurdish culture

San Marcos filmmaker Jano Rosebiani has two new films about Kurds — "Chaplin of the Mountains" and "One Candle, Two Candles," both of which open in Los Angeles this week, but to quite different effect. In "Chaplin of the Mountains," the Kurdish-French Nazé (Estelle Bajou) is unsuccessful in her genealogical expedition to locate her mother's war-torn village. She decides to tag along with two Americans, David (Zack Gold) and Alan (Bennet Viso), on their quixotic quest to screen Charlie Chaplin films in remote villages. At its best, the film seems as dreary a travelogue as that Nia Vardalos vehicle "My Life in Ruins." At its worst, "Chaplin of the Mountains" feels like an overambitious...

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