Kur­dish Movie Re­view: Mem-ü zin

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

"Mem-ü zin" or "Mem and Zin", di­rected by Umit Elçi and re­leased in 1991, is a Kur­dish film based upon the fa­mous true short story by Ahmad Khan­ione of the most es­teemed poet/writer's of Kur­dish lit­er­a­ture. The short story was writ­ten in 1692, where it was first pub­lished in Turk­ish in Turkey dur­ing a time where the Kur­dish lan­guage was banned.

The short story and film fol­lows a true nar­ra­tive about two star crossed lovers, Mem and Zin. The young Kur­dish boy, Mem, if from the "Alan" clan while the young girl, Zin, is the daugh­ter of the govenor from the "Bu­tan" clan. The young boy falls in love with the Kur­dish girl dur­ing a Newroz cel- ebra­tion where he is cap­tured by her beauty and allure.

The story line falls into the Kur­dish equiv­a­lence of Romeo and Juliet as the two lovers fates en­ter­twine into a tragic ro­mance filled to the brim with death and mis­for­tune. "Mem and Zin" was Ahmad Khani's most popular works and the story be­came im­mense- ly popular, even gain­ing a drama in 2002 di­rected.

The di­rec­tor of the drama, Nasir Has­san, held the story in high re­gards, even say­ing that he thought "Memi Alan" was the "most sub­stan­tial and the most so­phis­ti­cated artis­tic work done."

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