The Kurdish film competition selection and jury have been finally revealed. The selection includes some of this past year’s best Kurdish productions. Two films by Kurdish diaspora filmmakers will be screened as MENA premieres as part of the competition official selection; Blue Silence by Bulent Ozturk third participation in the Duhok IFF and debut feature, production of Belgium/Turkey, and Beyond Dreams by Rojda Sekersoz, production of Sweden.


The programme includes seven feature films from three regions of Kurdistan and a well as films by Kurdish diaspora filmmakers. A film from Rojhalat or (Iranian Kurdistan) I had Been Pomegranted for You by Jamil Mafakher as well as film director Fekri Baroshi’s A Dream Before Dying, which is from the Kurdish region of Iraq will be screened as world premieres. In addition to these riveting selections, there are three films from Bakur (Northern Kurdistan), which are Leyla by Amed Korkmaz (world premiere), Genco by Ali Kemal Cinar and 14 July by Hasim Aydemir.


This edition’s Kurdish film competition jury president was announced to be the German professor of Audiovisual media, filmmaker, and scriptwriter Christoph Dreher. The members of the jury are Kais Al Zubaidi (Iraq), editor and curator, director and writer Daphne Charizani (Greece), the film lecturer Yilmaz Ozdil (Turkey) and Julek Kedzierski (UK), Coordinator of Mannheim Meeting Place – IFFMH. 


Kurdish Competition Film Selection: 

  • I Had Been Pomegranted For You by Jamil Mafakhery - Iran/ 2017/ 80 min
  • A Dream Before Dying by Fekri Baroshi - KRG/ 2017/ 100 min
  • Blue Silence by Bulent Ozturk - Belgium, Turkey/ 2017/ 93 min
  • Beyond Dreams by Rojda Sekersöz - Sweden/ 2017/ 90 min
  • Genco by Ali Kemal Chinar - Turkey/ 2017/ 80
  • 14 July by Hashim Aydemir - Turkey/ 2017/ 148 min
  • Leyla by Amed Korkmaz - Turkey/ 2017/ 60 min