Melbourne Kurdish Film Festival will kick off soon! 17/03/07

    The first Melbourne Kurdish Film
    Festival will kick off on 21st of March
    2007 at 5pm and it will continue for
    three days till 23rd of March. The
    festival the will take place at Student
    Union Theatre of Melbourne
    University in Parkville and mostly
    short films and documentaries will
    be screened.

    Melbourne Kurdish Film Festival,
    which aims to promote the Kurdish
    cinema, culture and to encourage
    young and new Kurdish film
    directors and producers in
    Kurdistan and abroad. The festival
    is sponsored by Institute for Kurdish
    Studies in Australia, Asia Link at
    University of Melbourne and Victorian
    Multicultural Commission and it is
    said that there will be a competition
    section at the festival and the first film
    will be awarded.

    The films will be shown between 5 to
    8 pm for three days and the
    admission is 5 dollars.

    The program of the First Melbourne Kurdish Film Festival

    21-23 March, 2007
    From 5:00-8:00 pm

    First night (Opening Night) 5:00-8:00 pm

    Host of the Opening ceremony: Laura Aziz and Ziryan Kamal
    Welcoming speech By Dr. Muhammad Kamal
    Kurdish Fashion Show by Kurdish Women Society
    Folk music on Duf by Tofan
    Kurdish Folk Dance by Kurdish Women Society
    The end of the opening ceremony

    Screening the Films


    Directed by Vaheed Vahid
    Duration: 24 minutes.
    From Iran

    An Iraqi-Kurd deserted Iraqi Army in 1975.  He sought refuge in Iran and
    settled in Taft (near historical city of Yazd ).  Hassan achieved many
    titles in sport competitions locally, regionally and nationally representing
    Taft but never allowed to compete globally.  Although, he was selected as a
    candidate to represent Iran internationally but his refugee status remained
    neutral and undecided after 30 years.


    Yılmaz Güney: His Life, His Films

    Directed by Jane Mills
    Duration: 56 minutes.
    From Australia

    With the last filmed interview before he died, this documentary follows the
    ways in which politics art come together - and sometimes clash - in the
    interconnected life and films of celebrated film director Yılmaz Güney (1937
    —1984). Born to a poor Kurdish peasant family near Adana in southern Turkey
    Güney became Turkey's most popular actor in the 1960s and was given the
    nick-name "Cirkin Kral," or "the Ugly King".  In 1961, to his complete
    bewilderment, he was imprisoned for writing a short story which the
    authorities declared was communist propaganda: this he explains, made him
    grow up politically! Despite the political reforms in Turkey in the 1960s,
    all his films were censored or banned and he was imprisoned for his
    political activities. While in prison he wrote several screenplays that were
    smuggled out of jail and directed by his assistant, Şerif Gören. After
    escaping from prison in 1981 he fled to France with smuggled footage of his
    latest film, Yol, for which he won the prestigious Palme d'Or at the 1982
    Cannes Film Festival.

    A Session of Discussion with:
    Jane Mills, Associate Senior Research Fellow: Australian Film, TV & Radio
    School film director of “Yılmaz Güney” from Sydney.
    Vaheed Vahid, film director of “Muhajir” from Iran.

    The second night from 5:00-8:00 pm

    Human Chess Machine

    Directed by Valery Baravi
    Duration: 8 minutes
    From Canada

    A man and his inner world in a bizarre and unknown place. He challenges his
    opponent who is wearing a black suit. The both represent the two forces of
    nature: light and darkness. As the battle on the chessboard ends the man
    sees only himself. It is a story of human existence living alone in this

    The Emblem of Turkey: The Kurdish Problem

    Directed by Jiar Gol
    Duration: 57 minutes.
    From Canada

    On the onset of the 2004 European Summit, Jiyar Gol independent filmmaker
    sets out on a unique pilgrimage to Turkey to explore the Turkish life across
    vast country as it lobbies the European Union to open membership talks. His
    arrival in Turkey is coincided with the end of the 5-year unilateral
    ceasefire between Kurdish guerillas and Turkish military. In a month Jiyar
    spends in Turkey, he explores the Kurdish land and its 15 millions people
    whose identity has been denied for the past eighty years. Visiting “the
    conflict Zoon” of Turkey, he searches if it's possible to find hope in the
    divided nations of Turkey and Kurdistan. This documentary captures his one
    month journey to discover if war can transform to peace.


    The Mirror of the Last Day

    Directed by Khalid Hamalaw
    Duration: 10 minutes.
    From Kurdistan of Iraq

    A group of rich and highly influential people have a party. They get worried
    because they hear that a mirror is invented to show the images and events of
    the past. Each one of them is afraid of his secrets to be revealed by the

    White Mountains

    Directed By Taha Karmi
    Duration: 30 minutes
    From Kurdistan of Iran

    This film is the story of the internal conflict among Kurdish political
    parties. The story is told through the life of Mulla Ibrahim who collects
    the dead bodies to bury them.


    Directed by Emir Ghulami
    Duration: 8 minutes.
    From Kurdistan of Iran

    Scale is used in daily life to measure many things, but here the director as
    a symbol uses it for social justice. The universal symbol for equity and

    Oh Hell!

    Directed by Paula Jones
    Duration: 10 minutes.
    From New Zealand

    This film is about a young Kurdish refugee working in a Pizza shop facing
    racial discrimination.

    The third night from 5:00-8:00 pm


    Directed by Zana Hama Gharib
    Duration: 9 minutes.
    From Kurdistan of Iraq

    The director has shown life of Kurdish women in the rural area. The problems
    they face in order to survive. The director also tries to show the
    independent nature of Kurdish women as they work without relying on men.

    Black Water

    Directed by Sahim Omer Kalifa
    Duration: 30 minutes.
    From Belgium

    The director is touching one of the ethical issues in patriarchal culture of
    Kurdish society. A young couple migrates to Europe as refugees. The man
    under the social pressure commits a crime beyond imagination.


    Directed by Horen Gharib
    Duration: 4 minutes.
    From Kurdistan of Iraq

    A man has lost his sense of belonging and remembers many things happened in
    the past.

    The Lost Dream

    Directed by Kaiwan Fahimi and Shilan Sa’di
    Duration: 29 minutes.
    From Kurdistan of Iran

    A cinema hall is closed down for many years in one of the Kurdish cities of
    Iran. Now some people struggle to re-open it. A film is telling a story
    about the closure of a cinema.


    I am angry with God

    Directed by Ibrahim Rahmani
    Duration: 10 minutes.
    From Kurdistan of Iran

    A group of people excommunicated due to their illness. They are angry as
    they are abandoned by God and people.


    Directed by Isma’il Omer and Mam Pola
    Duration: 13 minutes.
    From Kurdistan of Iraq

    A man depends on clay to make ceramics for livelihood. He tells about his
    work and difficult life in one of the Kurdish towns of Iraqi Kurdistan.

    The Opposite World

    Directed by Hishyar Nerweyi
    Duration: 1 minute.
    From Kurdistan of Iraq

    A group of people live in a rich land of producing oil. They have to be in
    line for hours daily to get kerosene oil.


    Directed by Zirek Mira
    Duration: 5 minutes and 30 seconds.
    From Kurdistan of Iraq

    This film is about the struggle between life and death. War is always
    destructive, but people will survive to continue new life and build a

    Mud Roof

    Directed by Telar Muhamed
    Duration: 20 minutes
    From Kurdistan of Iraq

    In the village of Homer Qewm modern life can be seen beside traditional
    life. People live as a single family trying to restore normal life in their
    village, passing through sad memories of the past.

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