Kur­dish Film Me­dia Ex­pand­ing

The Kurdish Globe - - NEWS - H.G. Has­san

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.

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