Facing unemployment (the highest rate in Iran) and precariousness (the poorest part of the Kurdish geographical and cultural area), Kurds face a dilemma: to survive by cultivating pomegranate or to become smuggler, at their own risk. Many Kurds has chosen to become "Kolbar", a term meaning "that carries on his back". These smugglers cross on foot the arid mountains that separate Iran from Iraq with varied contraband goods, banned by the Iranian regime and the US embargo: cigarettes, alcohol, tires, mobile phones, household appliances, clothing. They cope, impassive, rough mountains, harsh climate and, sometimes, the deadly shots of the border guards. By bringing these goods, these mountaineers bear the hope of an entire region.