Production: Kurdische Regionalregierung, Japan
Length: 80 min
Director: Shawkat Amin Korki
Camera: Salem Salavati
Land: Irak-Kurdistan, Japan
Language: Kurdisch, Arabisch
Cast: Atug Asu, Hamed Diyar,
Rojan Hamajaza
Subtitles: German


Kirkuk is a multi-ethnic city in the north Iraq. After the fall of Saddam Hussein, a violent conflict between rival political groups escalates. Around 300 refugee families flee to an abandoned soccer stadium and find refuge.  Asu lives in this refugee camp. Despite the repressing circumstances, Asu  tackles his day-to-day life with optimism and hope for better times. Dreaming of becoming a football player, Asu stumbles across the idea of organizing a game between the Kurdish and Arab children in the Stadium. This could bring the inhabitants of the Stadium closer together... Secretly, Asu also hopes to impress Hiline, whom he otherwise finds hard to confess he feelings to. With the help of his faithful friend, Sako,  and the support of a regional television, Asu overcomes all  obstacles with a lot of  determination and humor. But can he spark the hopes of this wounded city?


Shawkat Amin Korki was born in 1973. Originally from Zakho, Iraqi Kurdistan, he and his family fled from Iraqi military oppression to Iran in 1975, where they lived in exile for 25 years. There, Korki studied Cinema. In 2006, following many awarded short films, Korki has gained international recognition with the completion of his debut feature film in Iraqi Kurdistan, CROSSING THE DUST.  Korki lives and works in Erbil.