London Kurdish Film Festival Event:
YAZIDIS; PAST, PRESENT & FUTURE
Saturday 30th August 2014, 1-6pm SOAS University, London.
For the last three weeks, the world has been watching the great tragedy, exodus and displacement of the Yazidi people unfold. Members of this ancient faith are now faced with annihilation as a result of brutal attacks of the Islamic State that is wreaking havoc on their ancient homeland. Hundreds of thousands of people, young, old, women and disabled have been displaced, kidnapped, killed. Many more, have died from hunger and thirst in these vicious attacks staged by IS. The scale of the tragedy that is still unfolding is still unknown and it seems like these tragedies in the Middle East will be on going for the unforeseeable future.
We, as the London Kurdish Film Festival, are organising a multifaceted daylong event to draw more attention to this humanitarian crisis:
EXHIBITION OF DRAWINGS 13:00 - An exhibition of drawings by the German Illustrator Olivier Kugler, which depict the social life of displaced refugees in Domiz Camp in Dohuk city, Kurdistan. The drawings have been published in Harper's, Le Monde Diplomatique, Internazionale and Port Magazine.
DOCUMENTARY SCREENING 14:00 - The screening of “Lalish Mihrani” by director Aso Haji, a documentary portraying the life of Yazidi people and the spiritual journey of their belief system. The director of this beautifully narrated documentary was given unprecedented access to the Yazidis’ shrines in Lalish, their Mecca, as well as their elderly and clergies. This film delves into this highly secretive and conservative community to develop a sympathetic and empathetic understanding of this often-misunderstood belief group.
*15 Minutes Break.
NEWS REPORT SCREENING 15:15 - A short screening of news coverage from Kurdistan and the region.
PANEL DISCUSSION 15:30 - Panel: "Yazidis; Past, Present & Future". Who are the Yazidi People? What took place? Why have the Yazidi people been targeted? and the future of Yazidi people in the Middle East.
Mr. Guney Yildiz (Journalist - BBC World Service) also talked about current events.
Professor Christine Allison (Kurdish Studies, Exeter University) talked about the Yazidis history, culture and belief system.
Mr. Yilmaz Gunay (Secretary of Federation of Yazidi Associations) talked about the Yazidis’ expectations and what awaits them.