Angeles Times - Nov. 29, 2001
Kurds, Bad Kurds"
Lee Margulies, Times Staff Writer
nearly two years on the film festival circuit, where
it won many prizes, "Good Kurds, Bad Kurds" finally
gets a national broadcast on PBS tonight (8 p.m., KCET).
it's taken so long can be no surprise to Kevin McKiernan,
the documentary's producer, director, writer and narrator.
Part of what the program covers is the reluctance of the
U.S. media throughout most of the 1990s to report on
the bloody conflict betwen the government of Turkey
and its Kurdish population.
though, McKiernan lays out an engrossing history of
the Kurdish people, their struggle to retain their
language and culture in the face of a Turkish government
bent on national unity at all costs, and the curious
foreign policy of the United States, which encouraged
the Kurds of Iraq to rebel aainst Saddam Hussein but
provided military weapons to help put down the Kurdish
rebellion on the Turkish side of the border.
that "sliding scale" of values, as one observer describes
it, from which the program takes its title.
the delay in getting this to TV will prove beneficial. The
events of Sept. 11 have stimulated Americans' interest
to learn more about the Muslim world, and this long-standing
clash is certain to take on greater importance as the
war on terrorism expands.