Kurdish Film Media Expanding
This years Tromso film festival, held in Norway, hosted several Kurdish films. What many people may not realize is that film culture in a country isn't just a way for individuals to gain recognition, but rather it's a way to represent the culture and beauty that said country preserves. With film making and movies slowly starting to become more popular within Kurdistan, the passion and dedication put into each movie is slowly reaching outwards.
Director Martha Otte, re- leased a statement to Rudaw News, stating that, "Kurdish film makers have the ability to make their stories interesting. I think there is a lot of warmth in the Kurdish films I have seen, and often humour as well. This gives their stories more universal appeal." Shawkat Amin Korki, a Kurdish director who partook in the festival with his astounding Crossing the Dust, had something to add about the passion he had for film making. "I make movies to express what I think about things. If I had not become a film maker I would have been a painter or a writer."
Later, he also adds that "there is a good effort by Kurdish film makers to make movies under any conditions. This is because still there is no cinema industry in Kurdistan, so there is no genre in Kurdish cinema."
Several other Kurdish films that managed to get a positive reaction out of the audience, like Ebrahim Saeedi’s All My Mothers and Hiner Saleem’s My Sweet Pepper Land, made an appearance along with several others. The film industry in Kurdistan isn't as large or impressive as it is in other countries such like the U.S.A. or Britain, but with time and inspiration, as many film makers are born and made, the industry will surely grow along with them.