Kurdish Cinema: The Unconquered Spirit
This year, ‘Special Asian Programs in Focus’ presents eight films of Kurdistan, a geo-cultural region in the Middle East. The Kurds populate a large area spanning several countries and have fought for centuries for autonomy and religious freedom. While vividly depicting the painful and frustrating reality of the people, the films have a strong theme of hope and depict the indomitable spirit of the Kurdish people. ☞ Official Selection List
AKA Kurdish Film Participate in Pusan Film Festival
Erbil, Oct. 12 (AKnews) – After being short listed for the Pusan International Film Festival 2010, "Mandu" was screened on Monday while eight more films are also scheduled to be shown in a private section for Kurdish movies.
Some 308 movies are scheduled to be shown in the 15th round of the festival in Pusan, South Korea from Oct. 7 to 15 under 11 different categories.
The Kurdish film, Mandu (literary meaning tired), directed by Ibrahim Saeedi, has been screened twice this week and is intended for a third showing on Thursday afternoon in Pusan's cinemas.
The film was produced by the Kurdistan Regional Government's Ministry of Culture and Youth and was previously shown in other international events such as the last film festival in Switzerland.
"Daykani Min" (All My Mothers), another film by Ibrahim Saeedi, along with seven other movies is to be screened in the section dubbed "Kurdistan Cinema, Unconquered Spirit", devoted to the introduction and commentary on Kurdish films.
The seven other movies are Rega (way), Niway Mang (half moon), Parinawa la Ghubar (Crossing the Dust), David Tolheldan, BiraKuzhi (bother killing), Mindalani Diyar Bakir (Diyar Bakir Children), and Vodka Limon.
Saeedi, born in Mahabad in Iran, is a director, editor and photographer who attained his bachelors degree in filmmaking at an arts college in Tehran. All My Mothers (2009) is his first documentary film which took more than three years to make.
Reported by Wushyar Ahmed