07.11.2013 – Sofia Barbarani – BasNews: “We believe cinema plays a vital role in unifying the divided Kurdish nation, protecting and developing their culture and arts as well as introducing them to the wider world’
– London Kurdish Film Festival – The 8th annual London Kurdish Film Festival is back, running from 15-24 of November in the renowned Hackney Picturehouse and Westbourne Studios.
The festival will bring together a selection of films from all four parts of Kurdistan (Iran, Iraq, Turkey and Syria) and from around the world. This year will see the screening of 121 films, including 23 features, 46 documentaries and 52 shorts.
The opening gala of the event will see the much awaited UK premier of ‘Before Snowfall’, a thought provoking and poignant film about honor killing by multi-award winning director Hisham Zaman. The star-studded winning feature line-up includes filmmaker Bahman Ghobadi and his UK premier of ‘Rhino Season’, starring Italian actress Monica Bellucci and Behrouz Vossoughi; UK premier of the Cannes selected ‘My Sweet Pepperland’ by Hiner Saleem; and ‘Harvest’, by Murat Sercan Subasi.
The London Kurdish Film Festival has become a point of reference for Kurdish culture and unity and provides a reflection of the Kurdish people’s history and struggle for the world to see. Filmmaking is a welcomed platform for producers and filmmakers to highlight Kurdish issues.