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5th London Kurdish Film Festival

Date posted: 30.11.2007

East London’s Rio Cinema is delighted to be hosting this year’s London Kurdish Film Festival (30 Nov - 6 Dec 2007).

The festival will present an extraordinary variety of films from all over the world, either made by Kurdish film-makers or about Kurdish issues.

Attendees can enjoy features, classics, documentaries, shorts and animated films. There will also be discussions with film-makers, and workshops for aspiring young film-makers.

For the first time this year, the London Kurdish Film Festival is organising a short film competition in honour of the greatest Kurdish director, Yilmaz Güney. It is hoped the competition will become an annual fixture – open to Kurdish and non-Kurdish directors.

Highlights of the festival programme include:

  • Shawkat Amin Korki's multi award winning Crossing the Dust
  • Hiner Saleem's Dol - The Valley of Tambourines and the British premiere of his latest film Beneath the Rooftops of Paris
  • Zuli Aladag's award winning film Can - His World Has Its Own Rules
  • The world premiere of Susan Kornalijnslijper's Who Are We? - based on legendary Kurdish singer Sivan Perwe
  • Hisham Zaman's brand new film, Winterland, and his wonderful award winning short film, Bawke

Launched in 2001, the festival represents the first ever Kurdish Film Festival of its kind to be implemented worldwide. It was organised with the support of the main Kurdish community centres in London and is supported by Film London’s Audience Development Fund.

Visit the London Kurdish Film Festival website to view the full programme and to find out more.

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