New York Kurdish Film Festival

The First New York Kurdish Film Festival:kff_ny
A Cinema Across Borders

October 21-25, 2009

www.nykff.com

Featuring eight full-length films, ten short films, documentaries, post-show discussions with the film directors, and a keynote panel discussion with six prominent filmmakers from Iran, Iraq, Turkey and the diaspora.

TICKETS
Many events are FREE. Ticketed events: $10 through http://www.smarttix.com or 212-868-4444
For more information and a complete schedule of screenings, please visit http://www.nykff.com.

FESTIVAL PROGRAM:

Wednesday 10/21
7PM: HALF MOON directed by Bahman Ghobadi (NYU Cantor Film Center)

Thursday 10/22
6:30PM: CINEMA SHORTS: WOMEN IN KURDISH CINEMA (NYU Cantor Film Center) —FREE

8:30PM: CROSSING THE DUST directed by Shawkat Amin Korki (NYU Cantor Film Center)

Friday 10/23
12:00PM: KURDISH VISUAL MEDIA (Book Signing & Reception) (NYU Kevorkian Center Library) with Susan Meiselas, Müjde Arslan and Kerim Yildiz—FREE

6:30PM: CINEMA SHORTS: IDENTITY, LOSS & WAR (NYU Cantor Film Center)—FREE

8:00PM: MY MARLON AND BRANDO directed by Hüseyin Karabey (NYU Cantor Film Center)

Saturday 10/24
10AM-1PM: SATURDAY SEMINAR FOR TEACHERS: THE KURDS: CULTURE, POLITICS AND HISTORY ACROSS BORDERS
(NYU Kevorkian Center Library)—FREE Please contact kevorkian.center@nyu.edu for details.

1PM: YOL direted by Yılmaz Güney/ Şerif Gören (NYU Kevorkian Center Screening Room)—FREE

4PM: FILMMAKERS’ PANEL: DIALOGUE ACROSS BORDERS: Kurdish Directors in Conversation (NYU Cantor Film Center)—FREE
Filmmakers are Müjde Arslan, Bahman Ghobadi, Kazım Öz, Jano Rosebiani, Hiner Saleem, and Hisham Zaman.

7PM: THE STORM (US PREMIERE) directed by Kazım Öz (NYU Cantor Film Center)

Sunday 10/25
1PM: CLOSE UP KURDISTAN (DOCUMENTARY) directed by Yüksel Yavuz (NYU Kevorkian Center Screening Room)—FREE

3.30PM: JIYAN directed by Jano Rosebiani (NYU Cantor Film Center)

5:30PM BAWKE & WINTERLAND directed by Hisham Zaman (NYU Cantor Film Center)

7:30PM VODKA LEMON directed by Hiner Saleem (NYU Cantor Film Center)

SCREENING LOCATIONS
NYU Cantor Film Center
36 East 8th Street (just east of University Place), NY, NY

NYU Hagop Kevorkian Center
50 Washington Square South (at 255 Sullivan Street), NY, NY

NYU Faculty, Staff & Students: Contact Greta Scharnweber on
212-998-8872 or greta.scharnweber@nyu.edu

All other inquiries, please call
212-868-4444 or visit www.nykff.com.
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The First New York Kurdish Film Festival: A Cinema Across Borders is the first-ever film festival of Kurdish cinema in the United States. Bringing together an exciting range of films and documentaries from across the Kurdish region and the Kurdish diaspora, the festival will feature ten short films, a documentary and eight feature films, including the US premiere of The Storm by Kazım Öz (Ax, Fotograf). In addition, the festival will include a Filmmakers’ Panel with six prominent Kurdish filmmakers from Iran, Iraq, Turkey, and the diaspora to connect directly with New York audiences, and post-film Q&As with the filmmakers, providing potential new routes for understanding and dialogue. Situated in the heart of the Middle East, Kurdish cinema intersects with many of the great political conflicts of our age. These diverse films provide powerful and unexpected insights into our common world through stunning cinematography, rich narratives, and deeply humane storytelling.

The First New York Kurdish Film Festival: A Cinema Across Borders is directed by an independent organizing committee, presented by the Hagop Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies at NYU, ArteEast and The London Kurdish Film Festival and supported, in part, by theCenter for Religion and Media at NYU, the Cultural Services of the French Embassy, the French-American Cultural Exchange, the Norwegian Film Institute and by public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council.

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