Kobani & Shingal Documentary Wins at Festival
A157, a documentary about Kobani and Shingal directed by the Kurdish filmmaker Behrouz Nouranipoor, was recently shown at the Asian and Muslim Countries Cinema Competition of the Fajr Film Festival in Tehran, Iran. Nouranipoor was award the honorary plate after the films victory.
Nouranipoor explained that the IS violence depicted in the film just one picture of the many conflicts and tragedies of the current Middle East.
"This documentary narrates nine months of the challenging lives of three girls aged 10, 13 and 15 years old at a camp on the IraqTurkey border," said Nouranipour. He said that A157 referred to the tent where the girls currently take shelter.
The international jury was made up of Golab Adine from Iran, Sahra Karimi from Afghanistan, Javad Jafari from India, Ismael Feroukhi from Moracco and Teresa Cavina from Germany. A157 competed with fifteen other films from around the world before being awarded first place. The chairman of the 34th round of the Festival, Iranian filmmaker Raza Mirkarimi, said the documentary’s important emotional story and professional quality earned it the first prize.