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From 6 to 12 October, the Kurdish Film Festival Berlin will showcase a range of films that offer a glimpse into the multifaceted world of the Kurdish experience, from political documentaries to deeply personal narratives.
This year’s edition will include a competitive short film section, which aims to promote emerging talent. “The competitive short film section is an important part of our festival, bringing Kurdish stories to a wider audience,” said a festival spokesperson.
In addition to the short film competition, an extensive fiction and documentary programme will be offered. Supporting events such as panel discussions, concerts and workshops will further enrich the festival experience. A special children’s programme is also planned.
“Tearing Walls Down”, a 33-minute documentary directed by Hebun Polat and Sherif Cicek, focuses on the struggles of opposition politicians in Turkey. It will be screened at the Babylon cinema (Mitte) on 8 October 2023, as will “Mother Tongue”, a 47-minute film directed by Sarkew Mesgari.
“The Qandil Mountains”, an 83-minute film directed by Taha Karimi, will also be screened at the venue on 9 October 2023.
“Hawar: Our Banished Children”, a 74-minute film directed by Pascale Bourgaux, tells the story of Ana, a Yazidi woman who was kidnapped and enslaved by Daesh. After her release, she embarks on a journey across Kurdistan to be reunited with her daughter. The film will be screened on 7 October 2023.
The films will be screened at partner cinemas, including Moviemento and FSK in Berlin-Kreuzberg. For those unable to attend in person, an online streaming platform will be available.
The festival is supported by various institutions, including the Berlin Senate, and provides a unique space for artistic expression and storytelling.