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David & Layla at New Hampshire film festival

New York based Kurdish director Jalal Jonroy’s first feature film David & Layla has been invited
to Portsmouth International Film Festival in USA. The festival will take place between October
12 and 15 in the city of New Hampshire. David & Layla will be shown at the festival’s closing
night on October 15.

4th London Kurdish Film Festival

4th London Kurdish Film Festival will be taking place from December 8 to December 14 2006
in UK and the festival committee is asking to all Kurdish and non-Kurdish directors to send
their films to the festival.

Screenings of David & Layla in New York

David & Layla, first feature of Kurdish director Jalal Jonroy, will be screned twice in New York.
The film will be screened on October 3rd and October 10th at 7. 30 pm. at Makor, Upper West,
near Lincoln Center, New York. There will also be a question & answer session with the
director and cast of the film. For more information please visit: newrozfilms

Identity’ at Antalya Film Festival

Young and famous Kurdish movie actor Nazmi Kirik’s first short film ‘Identity-Nasname’ will be
screened at 43. Antalya Golden Orange Film Festival in the short film competition section.

Born in the Kurdish city of Diyarbakir-Amed in 1976, Kirik played in several known films such as
'Journey to the Sun’ directed Yesim Ustaoglu, ‘Photograph’ directed by Kazim Öz, ‘Small
Freedom’ directed by Yuksel Yavuz, ‘Zero Kilometre’ and ‘Tef’ directed by Hiner Saleem,
‘Organized Businesses’ directed by Yilmaz Erdogan.

‘Identity’ tells the story of 16 years old Kurdish boy, Recep, who is not able to visit his
imprisoned father because he does not have the same surname with his father.

David & Layla at festivals

David&Layla, New York based Kurdish director Jalal Jonroy’s first feature film, has been invited
to the Tahiti International Film Festival. The Tahiti Film Festival will be held from 2 to 9
December 2006 in the city of Bora Bora. David & Layla will be screened in the Official Selection
Competition along with another 11 feature films in Tahiti Romantic Film Festival. Written,
produced and directed by Jalal Jonroy and inspired by a true story, David & Layla is a romantic-
comedy with a political dimension. Jonroy’s film has also been invited two other film festivals.
David & Layla will be screened in 30th Annual Mostra Sao Paolo/Brazil International Film
Festival, which will be held between October 20 and November 2. The other film festival that
invited David & Layla will be screened is 21st Annual Forte Lauderdale International Film
Festival which will be held between October 20 and November 12 in Florida, USA.

Half Moon in San Sebastian and Toronto Film Festivals

Bahman Ghobadi’s new film Half Moon will be screened in two significant international film
festivals. Half Moon will compete in 54th edition of San Sebastian International Film Festival
which will be held from September 21 to 30 in San Sabastian in Spain. Half Moon will be
presented beside 20 other films from different other countries. Ghobadi’s production company
Mij film stated that director’s third feature film Turtles Can Fly won the Golden Shell for Best
Film also The Jury Award for the Best Screenplay in the same festival in 2004. Last year the film
Turtles Can Fly has been able to attract the most viewers in Spain. Besides it is said that Half
Moon will be shown at Toronto International Film Festival inauguration. The festival shows 5
films of different filmmakers from different countries about Mozart. Half Moon will be screened
four times during International Toronto Film Festival which will be held from 7 to 16 September
in TorontoCanada. The screenings of the Half Moon will take place on 7, 8, 10 and 12
September 2006. Half Moon is about a Kurdish musician, Mamo, who wants to perform music
in Iraq with his team. He needs a woman singer for his pieces of music. So Mamo crosses the
border and faces many difficulties, inevitable the journey becomes full of events and
adventures. Ghobadi now is in Romania for attending in Anonimul festival as a head of the
juries.

Melbourne Kurdish Film Festival

The First Melbourne-Kurdish Film Festival (MKFF) will be held in Melbourne in March 2007. The
exact date and venue will be announced soon. As the festival committee we encourage Kurdish
directors and non-Kurdish directors to contribute to the MKFF with their films. In particular new
and young directors are welcomed. Festival's web site: www.mksff.com

U Nergis Biskivin at Montreal Film Festival

30th Montreal World Film Festival will see the Kurdish film Narcissus Blossom, (U Nergis
Biskivin). Narcissus Blossom which is the first feature film of Kurdish directors Masud Arif Salih
Hussein Hassan Ali will be screened four times in the festival held between August 24 and
September 4 and the screening of the film will take place at Cinema Quartier Latin 12. The
screenings of the U Nergis Biskivin are as follows: August 25, 2006: 14:40 August 26, 2006: 17:
00 August 27, 2006: 17:00 August 28, 2006: 12:20 For more information please check festival’s
web site: www.ffm-montreal.org

Turtles Can Fly in ARSENAL film forum

Acclaimed Kurdish director Bahman Ghobadi’s third feature film Turtles Can Fly will be
screened in the International Film Forum ARSENAL in Riga, Litvia. The film forum which takes
place from September 16 to 24th will show the Turtles Can Fly in the program dedicated to the
Middle Eastern countries. More than 130 films from about 40 countries will be presented during
the festival. Ghobadi’s production company Mij Film declared that this is 68th presence of the
film Turtles Can Fly in the international film festivals.

David & Layla at festivals

David&Layla, New York based Kurdish director Jalal Jonroy’s first feature film, has been invited
to the Tahiti International Film Festival. The Tahiti Film Festival will be held from 2 to 9
December 2006 in the city of Bora Bora. David & Layla will be screened in the Official Selection
Competition along with another 11 feature films in Tahiti Romantic Film Festival. Written,
produced and directed by Jalal Jonroy and inspired by a true story, David & Layla is a romantic-
comedy with a political dimension. Jonroy’s film has also been invited two other film festivals.
David & Layla will be screened in 30th Annual Mostra Sao Paolo/Brazil International Film
Festival, which will be held between October 20 and November 2. The other film festival that
invited David & Layla will be screened is 21st Annual Forte Lauderdale International Film
Festival which will be held between October 20 and November 12 in Florida, USA.

Kilometre Zero at Melbourne Film Festival

Kilometre Zero, the last feature film of Kurdish director Hiner Saleem, will be shown at 55.
Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF). MIFF takes place between 21 of July-13 of August
2006. The special guest of the festival this year is the famous Iranian director Jafar Pahahi.
Kilometre Zero, also appeared at Cannes Film Festival in 2005, will be screened under the
heading of “Homeland Now”. Kilometre Zero screened first time at the festival in 30 of July got
positive response from the audiences. The final screening of the film will be in 9 of August at
RMIT Capitol Theatre at 5 pm. At MIFF there are also some other films dealing with Kurds. A 93
minutes documentary film, “Iraq in Fragments”, directed by James Longley already screened
twice in the festival. Another film “My Country My Country” directed by Laura Poitras will be
screened in 11 of August at 3 pm at Forum Theatre Melbourne. On the other hand, a Norway
production 15 minutes short film Bawke, will be screened at Forum theatre in 11 of August at
Forum Theatre just before the screening of “My Country My Country”. Bawke tells the story of a
Kurdish father who fled Norway illegally in order to provide a better life for his son. Famous
Kurdish director Bahman Ghobadi was the special guest of last year’s MIFF.

Bahman Ghobadi in Anonimul festival as a jury

Bahman Ghobadi will attend in third edition of Anonimul festival as a jury in competition
section. Last year his film, turtles can fly, has participated in this festival and won the audience
award for the best film.The third edition of Anonimul will be held from 14-19 of august in
Romania.(mijfilm.com)

David and Layla in France

Director Jalal Jonroy's first feature film David and Layla is going to be screened in Avignon Film
Festival in France in 22th of June, this thursday. The film tells the love story between Kurdish
'Layla'- a survivor of Halabja genocide -, (played by Iranian Hollywood actress Shiva Rose), and
Jewish-American David. David & Layla will be screened in the opening night in June 22nd @
22hr.30 (10.30 PM) at CINÉMA VOX, Place de l'Horloge, Avignon. Kurdish-American director
Jonroy said that he likes to see the Kurdish audiences at the festival. On the other hand the film
has officially been selected for competition at the 23. Jerusalem International Film Festival,
which is going to take place between 6-15 July 2006 in Israel. A New York independent film
inspired by a true story. Star-crossed lovers David & Layla: Romeo & Juliet in New York with a
twist - spice, comedy & politics...via Iraq, Kurdistan & Jerusalem! For more information please
visit: http://www.newrozfilms.com

"Between the Worlds" is the best documentary

The documentary film of Kurdish director Yusuf Yesilgöz, Between the Worlds, has been
selected as the best documentary at the International Film Festival in the city of Innsbruck in
Austria held between 22-28 May 2006. The documentary tells the story of a Kurdish woman
who has successfully integrated the life in Switzerland.

Rostami shooting "Jan-i-Gal"

After his successful feature film debut “Requiem of Snow”, Iranian Kurdish director Jamil
Rostami is currently making his new film “Jan-i-Gal” in Sulaymaniah, Iraqi Kurdistan. The film
is based on a novel of the same name by Iraqi Kurdish author Ibrahim Ahmed. He has written
many poems and novels, but critics describe his “Jan-i-Gal” (The Agony of a People) as the first
authentic novel depicting the cultural and political situation of Iraq during the 1940s and 1950s.

Sean Connery will star in a Kurdish film!

The famous Hollywood actor Sean Connery is going to play in a Kurdish film titled "Brukan".
The director of Brukan Production Kasim Gultekin said that everything for the shooting of the
film is ready and the filming process is going to start in Autumn in North Kurdistan. Gultekin
declared that well-known Scottish actor Sean Connery have agreed to play the role of tribal
chief, Mir Semdin, in the film. Gultekin also said that along with Connery, the film will star the
famous Turkish actor Tarik Akan along with famous singers Muslum Gurses and Siwan
Perwer too.
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