The first New York Kurdish Film Festival (October 21 - 25, 2009)

KurdishCinema - October 09, 2009

A Cinema Across Borders

The First New York Kurdish Film Festival: A Cinema Across
Borders is the first-ever film festival of Kurdish cinema in the
United States. Bringing together an exciting range of films and
documentaries from across the Kurdish region and the
Kurdish diaspora, the festival will feature ten short films, a
documentary and eight feature films, including the US
premiere of The Storm by Kazım Öz (Ax, Fotograf).  In addition,
the festival will include a Filmmakers’ Panel with six
prominent Kurdish filmmakers from Iran, Iraq, Turkey, and the
diaspora to connect directly with New York audiences, and
post-film Q&As with the filmmakers, providing potential new routes for understanding and
dialogue.  Situated in the heart of the Middle East, Kurdish cinema intersects with many of the great
political conflicts of our age.  These diverse films provide powerful and unexpected insights into our
common world through stunning cinematography, rich narratives, and deeply humane storytelling.  

All screenings will take place at the NYU Cantor Film Center (36 East 8th Street, NY, NY) and the
NYU Hagop Kevorkian Center (50 Washington Square South at 255 Sullivan Street, NY, NY).
Tickets can be purchased for $10 general admission through SmartTix on or
212-868-4444. Tickets for the Filmmakers’ Panel, Cinema Shorts, Yol, and Close Up Kurdistan are
free, but reservations through are strongly advised. For more information,
please visit

The First New York Kurdish Film Festival: A Cinema Across Borders is directed by an independent
organizing committee, presented by the Hagop Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies at NYU,
ArteEast and The London Kurdish Film Festival and supported, in part, by the Center for Religion
and Media at NYU,  the Cultural Services of the French Embassy, the French-American Cultural
Exchange, the Norwegian Film Institute and by public funds from New York State Council on the
Arts and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council.

To arrange pre-festival phone interviews with film directors or in-person interviews between Oct 21-
25, or to obtain screeners, please contact Rosey Strub on 718.857.0013 or

See more at:

Interviews with Yuksel

“Turtles Can Fly” And
The Image Of
Perpetrators, Victims
And Heroes (Saviors) /
by Saniye KARAKAS*

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

Inteview with Huseyin
Karabey, director of
"My Marlon and

Film feast

Half Moon Takes
Cynical Approach
Toward Turkey

Aristotle's seven
golden rules of story
telling by Jalal Jonroy

An interview with
Kurdish director
Hisham Zaman on

5th Kurdish Film
Festival in London

Self-distribution key to
getting 'David & Layla'
in theater

Q & A with Bahman
Ghboadi for Passion of

Gutsy Jewish-Kurdish
romance goes after
more than laughs

Bahman Ghobadi
discusses his new film:
Half Moon

"I have problems with
the borders"

My big, fat, Jewish-
Kurdish wedding?

David & Layla: A love

Reading a screenplay

Bahman Ghobadi: The
poetics of politics

Hiner Saleem's
portrayal of Kurds

Why write?

Waiting for the rain, a
Kurdish  love story

Silence tells much
more than words

The first film about
Kurds: Zere 80 years

Half Moon, a review in
Hollywod Reporter