My Sweet Pepper Land

Synopsis: Baran, a Kurdish independence war hero, is now sheriff in Erbil, the capital city. No longer feeling useful in this society now at peace, he thinks about quitting the police force, but instead agrees to be stationed in a small valley, at the very borders of Iran, Turkey, and Iraq. It is a lawless territory, right at the heart of illegal drug, medication and alcohol trafficking. Having arrived in the small village, he refuses to bow down to Aga Azzi, the seriously corrupt tribal chief and absolute ruler of the area. Baran meets Govend, the village school teacher, who is also rejected by the villagers. Like Baran, she represents another law, that of the young and autonomous Kurdish state. Govend is all the more vulnerable as she is not a married woman.
Genre: Drama
Director(s): Hiner Saleem
Production: Rohfilm
  5 wins & 5 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
100 min

Say the prayer my brother.

Say that Allah is the only one.

Allah is the greatest.

Dear gentlemen!

Since April 2003, Kurdistan is free.

Saddam Hussein has left

our country in ruins.

We have to rebuild it,

establish strong institutions,

police, army, to protect our people.

There's no justice without security.

And there's no justice or security

without penalties.

Sir judge.

Sir doctor,

Sir lofty mullah,

I'm proud today, because for the

first time in Kurd history,

thanks to democracy,

we can carry out the death penalty.

Offender Anvar Ahmad Gefur, will be

punished for robbery and murder.

Sir, how are we going to do this?

- Haven't you prepared anything?

- Prepared what?

- The rope for the hanging!

- Ah, yes, the rope.

- You idiot!

Don't kill me, I'm innocent.

This is illegal, stop that!

He's not dead.

What does the law says?

The law says he must be punished.

But not twice.

Sentence him to lifetime prison.

We don't have prisons yet, he has to die.

- Shoot him in the neck.

No, only hanging is allowed.

- I have a solution.

The convict is small,

if I hang on to him, he'll die quicker.

Well, what are we going to do?

We received a blessing.

You don't like the punishment?

I understand you,

but we have to use the situation.

I'm a fighter, not a cop.

The war is over, Saddam is overthrown.

Kurds are free. I'm resigning.

We need you.

I've done my task, I leave you

to take all the credit.

I'm going back home.

The country needs law,

security and stability.

Otherwise, we'll lose

everything we accomplished.

- A rebel cannot become a cop.

- You're a great idealist, Baran.

Our situation is getting better.

We have everything, we're lying on oil.

Don't miss these happy chances.

We don't see happiness

the same way.

Alright, give me your weapon.

That's my weapon.


Son, I missed you.

- I missed you too. Let's go inside.

Daughter, I said no. You're not

going back to that village.

I work with children,

I sleep in school. You have nothing

to be worried about.

It's enough Govend! Father said no.

You're not going back there.

We all have jobs,

we don't need your money.

If you'd married Taqyaddin

we wouldn't be here now.

I'm not for Taqyaddin.

But you're a girl, my daughter..

- You trust my brothers?


And do you trust your daughter?

I trust you too.

How are you? How does my

son look to you?

He looks serious, he looks strong.

He's handsome.

Baran, you came back to get married,

and now you're hiding.

Kader, what's that story about wedding?

Where did that came from?

Come to the garden son,

I need you.

Leave me alone, mom.

Come, look son.

I decided to come back to the force.

This time, you're working with me.

No, send me somewhere

where they need me the most.

Alright, I'm sending you there.


New police station.

We can't go further. Turkish

army has destroyed the bridge.

How can I get to Kamarian?

- Two hour walk.

- Two hours?

- Yes, two hours.

The bridge is destroyed.

We're going on horses.

You're Baran?

- And you're Reber?

- Yes, I'm your assistant.

You were punished?

No one wants to come here.

No, I chose myself.

There's gas, jobs, money in the town.

Why did you come here?

I escaped from my mom.

I can't allow the country

to fall apart.

What were you doing before?

I was fighting, since I was fifteen.

Nothing is going on in our village.

Nothing, that's something too.

Is there smuggling here?

- This is Bermuda Triangle.

Kurds from Iraq are smuggling

alcohol with Iran.

Kurds from Turkey are

getting their weapons here.

Are these Turkish planes?

They're searching for rebels.

That's the teacher.

I can't allow you to walk.

I'm used to walking.

Ride with me.

My name is Govend.

- Baran.

What are you doing in Kamarian?

I'm a new commander.

Thank you.

I'd like to get down here.

One woman and two men,

people like to gossip.

Thank you.

There's still work to be done,

but it'll be nice. Come inside.

There's just two phones in the village.

One here and the other in the restaurant.

Villagers come here to use the phone.

You have to listen to their love problems,

stories about chickens and roosters.

It's boring, but sometimes useful.

All these people on this picture,

they are all your predecessors.

It's always the same photographer?

Yes, why?

Good evening.

- Mister Zirek!

- How are you?

Good evening.

They changed the lock.

I know, they changed it

while you were gone.

Do you have a new key?

I'll check, or you can

come and sleep with us.

- With you?

- In the shelter.

- Does it go off often?

- Electricity?

Only God knows.

They have two rooms and a prison.

This is the gun that belonged to

the previous commander.

This hat is from the guy before him.

Damn electricity!

- Good evening.

- Good evening.


Thank you.

Do you want some alcohol?

I have really good alcohol.

For the night, two or three bottles?

After Simk's death,

there was no heating at your place.

Good evening.

- Good evening.

- Good evening.

Mister Saman.

I don't have the keys.

Are there any spare rooms?

Are there any spare rooms?


No, there're no spare rooms.

I see.

They don't want the teacher.

They don't want a school

where the woman is alone?

How long do you work here?

For three months.

What does your family says?

They disagree.

I respect things that my father says.

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Hiner Saleem

Huner Saleem, also transliterated as Huner Salim, is an Iraqi–Kurdish film director. He was born in the town of Aqrah in Iraqi Kurdistan. He left Iraq at the age of 17, and soon made his way to Italy, where he completed school and attended university. Later on, he moved to France where he lives now. more…

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