Kurdish Movie Review: Mem-ü zin
"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."