News, articles, interviews and film reviews - March 2009
An exiled director's representation of his own
people, Kurds / by Devrim Kilic

    Saleem’s portrayal of Kurdish
    people in Long Live the Bride is to
    some extent problematic.   >>> 2
    May 2007
David & Layla in Italy this friday - Jalal Jonroy's
message to the festival Melbourne - Victoria - Australia

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"I have problems with the borders" / an
interview with Bahman Ghobadi by Michael

    The eyes of Bahman Ghobadi are
    filled with mirthful light. He is a
    small man but a few sentences
    into our interview made me... >>>
    5th of August 2007
Gutsy Jewish-Kurdish romance goes after
more than laughs
/ by Jeff Shannon

    It takes guts to mention U.S.
    abandonment of exiled Kurds (as
    when Layla tells David "we got
    saved from Saddam by the
    same...  >>> November 3 2007
Q&A with Bahman Ghobadi for Passion for
Cinema / by, Kavita Kasturi *

    Q: How different are your films
    from the rest of the Iranian Films?
    In their making and their content?
    >>> November 27, 2007
Self-distribution key to getting 'David & Layla' in
s / by Martin A. Grove
Kurdish School of Cinema at Salahaddin

    The Kurdish School of Cinema
    (KSC) at the College of Fine
    Arts/Salahaddin University is the
    first film school ever in Kurdistan
    and is...  >>> December 28, 2007
An interview with Hisham Zaman on Bawke by
Richard Raskin

    Bawke was actually an idea for a
    longer film, with more action and
    more characters in a broader
    universe.  >>> 24 January 2008
Aristotle's seven golden rules of story telling
by Jalal Jonroy

    How many films nowadays have
    lasting, worthwhile ideas relevant
    to our world, lives, troubles,
    nightmares, dreams, hopes,
    loves...  >>> February 4, 2008
Half Moon takes cynical approach toward
Turkey / By Elif Tunca *

    The Turkish military and police
    receive their fair share of criticism
    from Ghobadi's latest feature-
    length movie, "Niwemang"  >>>  
    February 22, 2008
Inteview with Huseyin Karabey,
director of "My Marlon and Brando"
by indieWIRE

Huseyin Karabey's "My Marlon and Brando
retells the true story of Turkish actress Ayca
Damgaci, who heads to Baghdad in search of
her husband...
>>> October 27 2008
Kurdish director, writer and actor:
Ibrahim Selman

Ibrahim Selman, a Kurdish director living in Holland,
born in 1952 in Iraqi Kurdistan. As well as directing
films Selman writes screenplays. He shot several
feature and around 80 short films.
>>> January 20
Film feast / by James M. Wall

    I liked Narcissus Blossom; The
    film is a gritty, realistic portrait of
    the U.S. role in the betrayal of the
    Kurdish people's desire for
    independence. >>> March 5, 2008
Prix du Public / Audience Award to David and
    The Rabat Award was presented
    to Director J Jonroy by the Ministry
    of Culture - who is also an actress -
    ... >>> September 13 2008
Censorship from Culture Ministry; 'Turkish girl
cannot fall in love with a Kurdish boy!'

    Turkish Culture Ministry’s
    censorship cast its shadow on
    ‘Culturescapes-Türkei’ festival.  
    >>> November 6 2008
Kurdish films to be screened in India

    Half Moon, the latest movie of  
    Bahman Ghobadi, will be screened
    at the 13th International Film
    festival of Kelara in India.  >>>
    December 12, 2008.
Kurdish director won the big prize in Belgium

    Kurdish director Sahim Omar
    Kalifa won the best film award at
    International Leuven Short Film
    Festival in Belgium  >>> December
    14, 2008 Script Award!

Last 15 days for script
award. Please send your script asap. The
aim is to promote the script writing.
December 27, 2008
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    David & Layla will be
    screened at Berlin
    International Film

David and Layla in
American cinemas

Paris Kurdish Film
What is on?
A self-tought Kurdish filmmaker: Jano

A self-taught Kurdish filmmaker, born and raised in
the town of Zakho in Southren Kurdistan. In
1974, he along with his family joined the Kurdish
mass uprising against...
 >>> January 12 2009
KurdishCinema has
another address:

Script award from

Turtles Can Fly wins
Two Awards in

My Marlon and
Brando (Gitmek) is
at New York Tribeca
Film Festival

Ghobadi's film in
Bahrain Human
Rights Film Festival

David Tolhildan
banned in
Singapore film fest

Call from
Manchester Kurdish
Film Festival (MKFF’

Celebrate Newroz  
with Shiva Rose at
David & Layla
premiere in San

Kurdish films at 37.
International Film

Film about Kurdish
female PKK leader
Nuriye Kesbir

Half Moon in
Melbourne Australia

Great success of
Half Moon in Spain

Amsterdam Film
eXperience 2007 is
now accepting

Call for
submissions to  2nd
Iraqi Short Film

Ghobadi will work
with Bernardo

Release of Hallf
Moon around the

Half Moon won AI
awards in Portugal

Call for 5th London
Kurdish Film Festival

Bahman ghobadi as
a Jury in the 55th
San Sebastian Film

Bahman Ghobadi
and Jose Saramago
in Spain

David & Layla at
American Cinemas

Call for Yılmaz
Güney Short Film

Screening of David
& Laylat at Verona
Film Festival

Musikliebe, new
documentary of Yusuf

Scandal at the 6th
International Film

Ghobadi has been
banned of shooting
films in Iran!

Sharon Stone
praises Bahman

A Kurdish director:
Shewket Amin Korki

5th London Kurdish
Film Festival will
kick off

Director Hiwa

A new Kurdish film
'Parinawa La

Screening of `David
the Tholhildan` in

Screning of
"Crossing the Dust"

Diary of the 5th
London Kurdish
Film Festival

Hollywood to make
movie about Kurdish
leader Mustafa

Sî û Ba is the best

Paris Kurdish Film
Festival was

Ghobadi in the list of
top 100 filmmakers

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"Kurdish cinema is unknown to the
world", Babak Amini

Kurdish cinema is unknown to the world because it
is very limited and still in its infancy. Bahman
Ghobadi tried hard to introduce the Kurdish cinema
to the world, but when you are on your own, there is
only so much that you can do.
>>> February 1 2009
"My prison my home" a film by Mano Khalil

Mano Khalil's new film "My Prison My Home"
evolves around the Anfal atrocities committed in
Iraq during Saddam Hussein's era.
>>> February
12 2009
“Turtles Can Fly” And The Image Of Perpetrators,
Victims And Heroes (Saviors) / by Saniye KARAKAS*

Turtles Can Fly is the third feature film of Bahman
Ghobadi, a Kurdish director from Iran. The movie
portrays exactly the stereotypical image of Kurds and
their suffering and resilience, particularly the plight of
children on the border of Turkey and Iraq.  It is the first
film made after the fall of Saddam.
>>> February 20
CLOSE UP KURDISTAN : Interview with Director
Yuksel Yavuz *

As someone who was born and raised in Turkish
Kurdistan the "permanent war" has not gone past
me – even though I live in Germany since 1980. Over
the years I met many Kurdish refugees. Some of
them were prosecuted Kurdish intellectuals, others
close relatives who migrated to Europe, especially
>>> February 27, 2009