The 2nd Duhok International Film Festival begins
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.