Kurdish Film Media Expanding to America
Kurdish films have started to become more widely recognized of late, not just among Kurdish locals but in America, too. In the coming months, two films produced and filmed in Kurdistan are to be released in New York.
Chaplin of the Mountains and One Candle, Two Candles (Êk Momik, Du Momik) took four and three years to film respectively due to production costs. The two movies have already been released in Kurdistan a few months prior to their scheduled New York release.
Chaplin of the Mountains is about a recently orphaned young woman who travels to Kurdistan after the Anfal genocide to find her mother's village. On the way, she encounters two American film students who are travelling through remote villages shooting movies. The two decide to help her and the three of them embark on an unforgettable journey.
One Candle, Two Candles is a romantic tragicomedy about a Kurdish woman's fight for independence and equality. The name comes from a Kurdish folk song revolving around marriage. Viyan is a young teen forced into a marriage with a wealthy businessman who abuses her. At the same time, Botan, a not-sogood artist who happens to visit her village, tries to help her.