Launched in 2001, the festival represents the first ever Kurdish Film Festival of its kind to be instituted worldwide and was organised with the support of the main Kurdish community centres in London namely Kurdish Cultural Centre in Oval, Kurdish and Turkish Community Centre (Halkevi-Malagel) in Hackney, Kurdish Community Centre in Haringey and Kurdish Exile Association in Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. Led by a group of volunteers, its objective is to support the development of Kurdish cinema. By showcasing films made by Kurdish directors on any subject, and films of a feature, short and documentary style nature, on Kurds, by non-Kurdish directors, it encourages and provides a platform for both Kurdish and non Kurdish producers and film makers, many of them young directors. This helps expose and bring work that is produced and/ or inspired by Kurds to new audiences, and also highlights the issues and experiences facing not only Kurds, but in fact any minority or migrant community, ensuring its importance and continued relevance to us all.
Directed by Xavi Satorra & Sakari Laurila (2007)
Directed by Xavi Satorra & Yaprak Yildiz (2006)
Special thanks to Mustafa Gundogdu
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