The 2nd Duhok In­ter­na­tional Film Fes­ti­val be­gins

The Kurdish Globe - - NEWS - By Has­san Shin­gali

The 2nd Duhok In­ter­na­tional Film Fes­ti­val will run from Oc­to­ber 9-16 this year and fea­ture par­tic­i­pants from 40 coun­tries. The open­ing cer­e­mony was held with the sup­port of the Prime Min­is­ter of the Kur­dish Re­gional Govern­ment, Nechir­van Barzani, and in the pres­ence of the Pres­i­dent of the Duhok In­ter­na­tional Film Fes­ti­val, Eyob Ra­mazan.

The Fes­ti­val is very proud to present the lat­est films by renowned film­mak­ers in­clud­ing Michael Haneke, Ab­bas Kiarostami, Amat Es­calante and Thomas Vin­ter­berg which will be screened in Kur­dis­tan for the first time. The in­ter­na­tional com­pe­ti­tion jury will be presided over by Bella Tarr, the cel­e­brated Hun­gar­ian di­rec­tor fa­mous for his unique cinematic style. Two awards will be pre­sented: the New Tal­ent award for a first or se­cond fea­ture, and the Yilmiz Guney award for the best in­ter­na­tional film.

The Fes­ti­val opened with Be­fore the Snow Fall, a film by the Kur­dish Nor­we­gian di­rec­tor Hisham Za­man shot largely in the Bah­d­i­nan re­gion. The film was shown on 9 Oc­to­ber in the Duhok con­fer­ence hall in Duhok. Mehmet Ak­tash, the artis­tic di­rec­tor said <>We would like this fes­ti­val to re­mind ev­ery­body of the cul­tural iden­tity of this re­gion, and hope it will serve as a bridge for peace and tol­er­ance. Le­hat Ne­hele, who at­tended the Fes­ti­val, said he was very proud to see such a fes­ti­val in the Kur­dis­tan re­gion, and spe­cially in Duhok. He was con­vinced the event would mark a ma­jor step for­ward in the field of cinema.

Ac­cord­ing to the Pres­i­dent of the Duhok In­ter­na­tional Film Fes­ti­val, Eyob Ra­mazan, the main goal of the Fes­ti­val is to create a cul­tural iden­tity for Duhok in par­tic­u­lar and Kur­dis­tan in gen­eral, and to pave the way for Kur­dish films to find their way onto the in­ter­na­tional mar­ket. “We want the Fes­ti­val to show­case the cul­tural iden­tity of the re­gion, so ev­ery­body who comes and par­tic­i­pates in the event can per­ceive it as a place of de­vel­op­ment”, Ra­mazan added.

The 2nd Duhok IFF cel­e­brated its open­ing with a mag­nif­i­cent cer­e­mony and screen­ing of the fea­ture film BE­FORE SNOW­FALL at the Kon­gireyan-Zankoya Hall of the City of Duhok.

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