The Kur­dish Film “Ax”

The Kurdish Globe - - Sports News - H.G. Has­san

"Ax", or "The Land" in English, is a short Kur­dish fea­ture film di­rected by Kazim Oz in 1999. Oz has di­rected other pop­u­lar works such as "Fo­tograf" and a 27 minute doc­u­men­tary "Destên Me Wê Bibin Bask Emê Bi­firin Herin". Ax has won six awards in over four dif­fer­ent coun­tries. The film is also a 27 minute short that re­volves around an old Kur­dish man.

De­spite the scanty di­a­logue the ac­tions of the char­ac­ters and the sym­bol­ism speak louder than any word could have done. An el­derly Kur­dish man, who is so de­voted to his vil­lage, re­fuses to aban­don it, even when the Turk­ish army in­vades it and forces peo­ple and fam­i­lies to mi­grate out of it. The man re­mains stub­born and vig­i­lant for as long as he can.

A deaf­en­ing si­lence ranges through­out the film. Even when it ap­pears to have a di­a­logue go­ing on, there's still an empti­ness ring­ing through the air, a re­minder of the de­ser­tion of the ma­jor­ity of the vil­lagers. The si­lence serves as a great tool as the au­di­ence is con­stantly left with a feel­ing of in­com­plete­ness. Peo­ple are used to see­ing a movie with noises, talk­ing, cars, singing, but not here. The lack of noise un­set­tles them, con­tin­u­ously em­pha­siz­ing the lack of liv­ing souls and to­tal empti­ness.

"Ax" is a short story of a man and his mem­o­ries of a vil­lage that, although never per­fect, he cher­ishes.

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