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Kurdish Cinema: Where Have You Been?! //

11.23.09
byMarwa Helal

Shawkat Amin Korki's Crossing the DustArteEast’s First New York Kurdish Film Festival: A Cinema Across Borders is the first film festival in the United States to feature the films of one of the most under-covered and underrepresented minorities in the world. They succeed with flying colors at pulling off this important task with carefully chosen insightful and beautiful films.

FEN favorites include, Shawkat Amin Korki’s Crossing the Dust and Jano Rosebiani’s Jiyan. If these powerful films can be compared, then Hisham Zaman’s need a mention of their own: Bawke, a moving short that encapsulates the pain of the immigrant-refugee experience in no more than 15 minutes, shatters even the hardest of hearts and then Zaman turns around and manages to piece the parts back together in Winterland–his take on a romantic comedy.

For more on ArteEast and the New York Kurdish Film Festival, click here.



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