Selected by Transition Year Students from Carrick Community SchoolSaturday October 2nd 11am Cinema NorthWest @ The Dock 69 mins
As part of the Kurdish Film Festival preparations, Transition Year students at Carrick Community School took part in a programme of film studies in 2009/10, including a visit to Cinemagic Film Festival in Belfast. In May, the class watched a number of Kurdish short films, they rated these under a number of headings and the most popular of these are being shown here.
PHONE STORY / ÇÎROKA TELEFÛNÊ
Belgium /2009 / 16 mins / Dir: Binevsa Berivan / French and Turkish with English subtitlesFestival du Film Européen de Bruxelles (Belgique), Grand Prix. Festival du Film Européen de Lille (France), Prix du jury européen
Live Action Drama set in modern day Brussels.
The film starts with a man who owns a shop that he lets people come in and use the phone booths that he has and they can ring home to other countries and they pay him for it. This girl comes in everyday and he fancies her – he listens in to her phonecalls and he gets to look forward to her coming everyday and when she doesn’t come he gets really upset. Then she comes in the next day and she is going through a really tough time and she might not be able to stay in the country anymore. The next day she doesn’t come in and it is because she has been deported – we think. The theme of the film is remorse I think, as a short film I enjoyed it thoroughly and would recommend it.
Programme Note by Nancy Brandon, Carrick Community School.
Memo, koçberekî Kurd e li Brukselê, xwedî dikaneke telefûnê ye li bajêr. Meraq û tenêbûna wî zorê didin wî ku xeberdana mişteriyên xwe guhdarî bike, nemaze yên Leyla ya bedew…
CHEESE – HOPE DIES LAST / BIBIŞIRE – Ê DAWÎ HÊVÎ DIMIRE
Austria – Germany / 2008 / 12 mins / Dir: Huseyin Tabak / Kurdish (Kurmanji) with English subtitles
Actors: Nazmi Nirih, Berivan Kaya, Mehmet Muldur, Baryz Said, Rosa SaidBest short film Zagreb Film Festival 2009
Live Action Film about identity, loss and war set during the American invasion of Iraq in 2003.
A Kurdish family are waiting during the Iraq war under their collapsed house in their basement for the help of the American troops, while bombs fall down around their house. Whille all this goes on around them, this film follows their own small problems they face with each other while trapped in such a small place. The Iraqi Kurdish family consists of a grandfather, mother, father and two children. The film is shot in black and white and this reflects how dark and dull life is for this trapped family. There is also an element of comedy to this short film surrounding the cigarettes, the grandfather denies stealing the fathers fags but is seen in the final picture smoking one. There is a very good technique used in this film which is the use of pictures – the son has a camera which he uses to take pictures and these pictures depict the scene, The last picture taken by the family depicts a happy family before they are bombed, this is not actually shown but it is assumed. This is my favourite film out of all the Kurdish films we have watched as it has an element of humour as well as sadness.I would recommend it as it shows the true horrors experienced by Kurdish families.
Programme Note by Sorcha Earley, Carrick Community School
Malbateke Kurd di bodroma xaniyên xwe yên hiweşiyayî de maye û ji yekîneyên Emerîkî alîkariyê dixwaze. Li der ve şer berdewam e û bombe dihên avêtin lê belê di vê dema dijwar de pirsgirêkên wan ên piçûk jî hene.
DE ANDRE /THE OTHER ONES/ ÊN DIN
Norway / 2009 / 10 mins/ Dir: Hisham Zaman / English and Norwegian with English subtitles
Live Action Film/Paranormal Thriller
The film is set in Norway, in a very cold winter in 2009. A man is driving to a party on a cold winter evening. All of a sudden his car hits someone and he flees the scene in panic. Back in his garage he attempts to conceal all traces of the accident but when something unexpected turns up in the car it becomes harder to run. It is a worthwhile film and recommended to all.
Programme Note by Edris Ahmadi, Carrick Community School
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.
UTOPIA / XEWNISTAN (UTOPIYA) (Anîmasyon)
Germany / 2009 / 6mins / Dir: Sait Ferat Okçuoğlu / No Dialogue
A primitive man moves forwards towards his savage world as he encounters someone who looks just like him. He attacks the image by hurling a rock. The mirror is shattered into pieces and a new world opens up.
Mirovê seretayî ber bi dinyaya xwe ya kûvî dimeşe û rastî kesekî wekî xwe dihê. Bi avêtina keviran êrîşî wê dîmenê dike. Mirêk parçe dibe û deriyên dinyayeke nû vedibin.
HUNTER / NÊÇÎRVAN
East Kurdistan (Iran) / 2008 / 25mins / Dir: Jafar Normohammadi / Kurdish (Sorani) with English Subtitles
A Teacher discovers that one of her students can imitate bird songs perfectly and that he is forced to miss school to help local hunters.
Mamosteyek kifş dike ku yek xwendekarên wê dika bizava çivikan bike lewma divê dev ji dibistanê berde û alîkariya nêçîrvanên herêmî bike.