“Music touches us emotionally, where words alone can't.” ― Johnny Depp As music is an important part of most films, Duhok International Film Festival is presenting a new festival section Music in Film which focusses on features and documentaries about music itself.
Duhok International Film Festival looks back to film history. In this years festival edition the Retrospective Kurdistan presents feature films and documentaries all about the Kurdish region and its culture. The retrospective unites big and small cinema movies with television productions.
Duhok IFF: First of all, congratulations for your outstanding performances in Hisham Zaman's film. Our first question is: How did you start with acting in general, and how did you get your role in BEFORE SNOWFALL?
The Duhok IFF is delighted to announce that it will for the first time assign the Yılmaz Güney Award.
Being a director, actor, screenwriter and author of novels, Yılmaz Güney dedicated many of his works to the plight of the Kurdish and ordinary, working class people in Turkey. Thanks to Güney, Turkish cinema was revolutionised and Kurdish cinema was born. Until today his personality and films have influenced filmmakers across the four parts of Kurdistan.
A biography written by Hüseyin Tabak
Yılmaz Güney Pütün (his birth name is Pütün, Güney his artist`s name) was born on September 1st 1937 in the village Siverek near Adana/Turkey as a son of a simple farming family. He makes his first contacts with the film world at the age of 15 when he started working for a regional film distribution company, carrying film prints on his bike from one cinema to the other. As an employee he is allowed to watch the films himself and is deeply impressed by the emotions that images can evolve in people. Inspired by this, he starts writing his own short stories for which he even finds small publishing houses as buyers. 1955 he writes the short story "Three Ways to a an System of Equality" about a young village girl who is being oppressed by the feudal society structure as a member of the lower class. Because of the sentence „If we were all equal we would live in paradise. “, the public prosecutor presses charges against Güney on account of communist propaganda. In court, Güney hears the word communism for the first time. Thereupon he leaves Adana and goes to Istanbul, not because he fears conviction, but because he doesn’t understand his fault and therefore doesn’t see any chance for a fair process.
Rû bi Rû / Invisible Landscapes is a two-piece work by the Kurdish artist Savaş Boyraz. Chapter I − observations consists of a photography exhibition in the documentary tradition: “Having used a large format camera, I photographed Kurds living in villages close to the state borders that separated them from a neighboring Kurdish village. With the help of the photographic image I was attempting, in a symbolic way, to unite a Kurdish identity that is torn by four borders”, Boyraz explains the aim of his exhibition.
The civil war in Syria forced tens of thousands of Kurdish people to leave their homes, of whom many fled to the Kurdistan Regional Government and found refuge in the Domiz Camp. Now through a cooperation between the UNHCR and the Duhok IFF 2000 Kurdish refugees from all ages are given the opportunity to participate at selected film screenings of the festival for free. This cooperation was initiated by Protection Officer Erdogan Kalkan and Mehmet Aktas, the festival's Artistic Director.