THE CHILDREN OF DIYARBAKIR/MIN DIT
Friday October 1st 8pm Cinema Northwest at The Dock
Followed by Q and A with Director Miraz Bezar
Director: Miraz Bezar
Germany – North Kurdistan (Turkey) / 2009 / 102 mins / Kurdish (Kurmanji) and Turkish with English Subtitles / PG Cast: Şenay Orak – Muhammed Al – Hakan Karsak – Berivan Ayaz – Fahriye Çelik – Alişan Önlü
Gaztea Youth Award, San Sebastian Film Festival 2009; Behlül Dal Award, Antalya Golden Orange Film Festival 2009; Special Jury Prize, Ghent International Film Festival 2009; Young Talent Award, Hamburg Film Festival 2009
The lives of ten year old Gülistan and her brother Firat change utterly and abruptly when their father, a political journalist, and their mother are killed by Turkish security forces in North Kurdistan in the late nineties. Traumatised and orphaned, Gulistan, Firat and their infant sister are placed in the care of their young, politically-active aunt Yekbun who soon disappears without a trace. As days turn into weeks, the money that their aunt left them runs out. Eventually, the children have to fend for themselves on the streets, where, one day, Gulistan is shocked to come across the murderer of her parents.
Şeveke meha Gulanê li nêzî Amedê li ser riyeke vala, jiyanên Gulistana deh salî û birayê wê Ferad ji nişka ve diguhere dema ku bavê wan, rojnamegerekî siyasî, û diya wan li ber çavên wan ji aliyê hêzên ewlekariyê yên Tirkan ve dihên kuştin. Piştî ku kes û karên xwe di şer de wenda dikin ev du zarokên bêparastin û birayê wan ku nû hatiye dinyayê hewlê didin kuz indî bimînin û bi tena serê xwe jiyana xwe bidomînin. Flîmê Miraz Bêzar wan rojan dihîne bîra mirovan ku tê de rojnamegerên Kurd her roj di naverasta rojê de dihatin qetl kirin.
Director Miraz Bezar has previously directed several short films, which have been screened at festivals in Montreal, Oberhausen, Istanbul, Munich, Aix-en-Provence, Hamburg, Valladolid, Florence and Berlin. Berivan was awarded Best Short in Nürnberg and Duri won the prestigious IFSAK Award in Istanbul. Miraz was born in 1971 in Ankara, Turkey. He studied directing at the German Film and Television Academy in Berlin (DFFB). Miraz currently resides in Berlin. The Children of Diyarbakir is his first feature film.
WHISPER WITH THE WIND/PISEPISA DIGEL BA
Saturday 2nd October 12.30pm Cinema Northwest @ The Dock
Director: Shahram Alidi South Kurdistan (Iraq) 2009 / 77mins / Kurdish with English subtitles
Cast: Fakher Mohammad Barzani, Maryam Boubani, Omer Chawshin
ACID/CCAS Support Award Cannes 2009
Young Critic Award Cannes 2009
Don Quixote Award Tromso International Film Festival
Elderly postman, Mam Baldar, drives his ramshackle car along deserted roads between the mountainous villages of Kurdish Iraq in the war-torn 1980s. He records and delivers messages to keep communication going between families and friends who have become lost or seperated. Despite the sadness he has seen, Mam maintains a steely determination as he sets off to find a group of children who have been evacutated to a far-off valley. Through the travels and experiences of the gentle Mam, Iranian/Kurdish director Shahram Alidi poignantly references the suffering of by Iraqi Kurds over recent decades in this spellbinding narrative.
Vê flîmê di festîvala Cannesê ya 2009’an de gelek xelat wergirtin. Flîm li ser zilamekî kal, Mam Baldar e ku gelek salan di nav gundên çiyayî yên Kurdistana Îraqê de çûye û hatiye peyamên xelkê tomar kirine û gihandine cihê wan. Rojekê ji efserekî payebilind ferman dihê û sefera wî ya bo geliyên dûr dest pe dike.
Shahram Alidi was born in Iranian Kurdistan in 1961 and studied at the Fine Arts Faculty at the University in Tehran. His short film, ‘The Last Uncounted Village’ (2003) was widely acclaimed on the international festival circuit. Whisper With The Wind is his debut feature.
WELCOME / XÊRHATIN
Saturday October 2nd 8.30pm Cinema Northwest at The Dock
Director: Philippe Lioret
France / 2009 / 110 mins / English, Kurdish (Kurmanji), French with English Subtitles / 15A
Cast: Vincent Lindon – Firat Ayverdi – Audrey Dana – Derya Ayverdi
Best Film Lumiere Awards 2010 Prize of the Ecumenical Jury & Europa Prize Berlin International Film Festival 2009 Audience Prize Los Angeles Film Fest 2009 European Parliament LUX Film Prize 2009 Best Screenplay Gijón International Film Festival 2009 Grand Prize for Dramatic Feature Heartland Film Festival 2009
Bilal (Firat Ayverdi) a 17-year-old Kurdish boy has travelled across the Middle East and Europe to try and join his girlfriend; recently immigrated to England. When his journey however comes to an abrupt end on the French side of the English Channel, he decides to swim across. Training at a local pool he meets Simon (Vincent Lindon), a swimming instructor in the midst of a divorce. To impress his wife and win back her heart, Simon decides to risk everything by taking Bilal under his wing.
Bîlal, xortekî Kurd ê 17 salî ye û piştî ku digel hevalkeçika xwe li rojhilata Navîn û Ewrûpayê digere û li Îngîlîstanê bi cih dibe. Lê jiyana wî ji nişka ve bi dawî dihê dema karbidestên Fransiz li Qenala Îngîlîz ew didin sekinandin. Biryarê dide ku bi avjeniyê derbazî alî dinê be û diçe hewza melevaniyê û xwe hîn dike. Li wê derê zilamekî bi navê Simon nas dike. Flîma hêzdar a Phillippe Lioret li Fransayê ji aliyê zêdeyî yek mîlyon temaşevan ve hatiye dîtin û nerazîbûna li dij siyaseta koçberan a Fransayê zêde dike.
Multi award winning French director Philippe Lioret began working in cinema as a sound mixer and script editor in the early 1980s and directed his first feature—Lost in Transit (Tombés du ciel)—in 1993. Subsequent films include Mademoiselle (2001), L’equiper (2004) and Je vais bien, ne t’en fais pas (2006).
WINTERLAND + Bawke + The Other Ones – films by Hisham Zaman
WELATÊ ZIVISTANÊ + Flîmên Kurten BAVIK u ÊN DIN
Sunday October 3rd 3pm at The Dock Director: Hisham Zaman
Vinterland Norway 2007/ 52mins / Kurdish, Norwegian with English subtitles
Bawke Norway 2005 / 15 mins / Kurdish, Norwegian with English subtitles
The Other Ones Norway 2009 / 18 mins / Norwegian with English subtitles
Born in 1975 and graduated from The National Norwegian Filmschool at Lillehammer in 2004, Hisham Zaman received an exceptional amount of attention internationally for the prize-winning short film Bawke. A sensitive and intelligent portrayal of the terrible sacrifices of a father on the run, the film won 14 International short film awards in festival in Europe, Canada and the US, including Best of the Festival at the Palm Springs International Shorts Fest in 2006.
In Winterland he continues in the same vein. With warmth and humour, he depicts the story of Renas, a well-adjusted Kurdish refugee who lives in a godforsaken spot in northern Norway. Renas has everything he wants, except a wife. He marries Fermesk, a woman from his home country whom he has never seen, having arranged a wedding in Iraq with a substitute bridegroom. But things don’t go too well when Fermesk arrives in Norway – neither her husband nor the country are as she had imagined. And is it possible for Renas to love a woman he has only seen in a photo?
De Andre (The Other Ones) is Hisham Zaman’s latest short film and while the theme moves away from the Kurdish community, he continues to deal with the themes of immigration and acceptance.
Rênas penaberekî Kurd e ku li bakurê Norwecê li cihekî pir dûr dijî û pir bas hînî jiyana wan deran bûye. Ji bilî jinekê, xwedî her tist e ku dixwaze. Bi qasidiya merivên xwe yên li Îraqê, jinek dihêne bi navê Firmêsk. Lê dema bûk dihê Norwecê zewaca wan bi dijwarî dest pê dike.
Zilamek û kurê wî yê hê pir ciwan ev demeke dirêj e ku revok in. Dema digihîjin cihê xwe lê hay dibin ku serê wan hîna jî di belayê de ye. Pasê bav naçar dimîne ku ji nav du xebîsiyan yekê hilbijerê da ku paserojeke kurê wî hebe.
Zilamek di şeveke sar a zivistanê de bi mekîna xwe diçe dawetekê. Ji nişka ve mekîneya wî li tiştekî dixe û ji ber tirsa xwe ji wir direve. Dema diçe xeraca xwe hewlê dide ku şopên qezayê paqij bike. Lê belê di mekînê de hin tişt dibin ku ne li bendê ye û rev dijwartir dibe.
Hisham Zaman (born 1975), graduated from The National Norwegian Filmschool at Lillehammer in 2004. Zaman has made several awardwinning shorts during and after his studies at Lillehammer, most notably Bawke (2005) which has received more than 20 national and international awards.