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An Interview with Maryam Pirband a director and producer چاپ ارسال به دوست
VOKRadio, Los Angeles, California, USA   

ISA award-winning Maryam Pirband:

"When I saw the videos of ISIS in Kurdistan, I was shocked"

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07/25/2018

Iranian ISA award-winning Maryam Pirband talks on "Fermysk/فرمێسک ", a short film about a young pregnant Kurdish girl who survived an ISIS attack.

Congratulations, Maryam! Tell us about your award and your experience in Independent Shorts Awards?

Maryam: Thank you very much. Actually, this is a great experience and affected my film journey. For me, the best gift is letting my film be seen by audiences and receiving feedbacks and when it is chosen by such a great, popular festival like ISA and awarded it happens better and my film can be seen better.

ISA: Which festivals "Fermysk" attended so far?

Maryam: I started the distribution recently and I submitted "Fermysk" in 5 festivals. Three of them selected it: Action On Film and Hollywood Dreamz Festivals and Independent Shorts Awards, in which it was awarded. Before that, I submitted "Fermysk"‘s script in some festivals and it was selected by International Las Vegas Screenwriting Competition and Baku International Film Festival. 

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Cklara Moradian; Another Grief Poem #43 چاپ ارسال به دوست
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Another Grief Poem #43

It's Halabja, Newroz, March again (which means Diaspora Blues are in high gear)

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Cklara Moradian

Los Angeles, Mrch 4, 2018

 

To Mehmet, now dead. To Airports, now closed.
To Homeland, now destroyed. 
To loss/ I can't recall where or how or whom.
To Kurdistan, of my imagination.
To Newroz, in diaspora.
To (lesser) loves, now gone...


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Annual Irvine Global Festival and Kurdish Community of Southern California چاپ ارسال به دوست
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Annual Irvine Global Festival and Kurdish Community of Southern California

 
 
Dear community members,
 
Kurdish Community of Southern California is happy to invite you to the unforgettable Irvine Global Festival on Sept 23, 2017 from 10am to 6pm. See the attached announcement and also below for details.
 

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Kurdish Community of Southern California and Kurdish American Education Society once again join the Irvine Global Festival on September 23,2017 in partnership to raise awareness of the Kurdish cultural heritage and celebrate multiculturalism in Southern California.
 
Like every year the festival is filled with a kaleidoscope of cultural expressions and activities.
 
 The day will feature hundreds of cultures, lively music and performances by different bands and musicians.
 
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Kobani: Landscape of Resistance and Childhood Nostalgia چاپ ارسال به دوست
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Kobani: Landscape of Resistance and Childhood Nostalgia

 

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 By Dr. Amir Sharifi

 

July1, 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

 The opening image of the film vividly shows endless rows of tents against a grey and menacing sky, engulfing refugees in a distance, with children inside a classroom in a new refugee camp. The young talented Kurdish filmmaker, Apo Bazidi, had gone to the refugee camp in Suruc as a volunteer in in 2014 in the thick of the battle for Kobane. Having just graduated from the prestigious film school of the University of Southern California, he wanted to help the refugees of the ISIS genocidal war against Kurds and to “record every day of his journey in the camps and on the front-lines to share their stories with the world”, which initially had turned away from facing the existential threat that Kurds faced. 

 

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Inspired by the invincible and selfless spirit of resistance spearheaded by women, and shocked by the savagery of ISIS, Bazidi was keen on documenting the sufferings and horrors that the refugees faced daily, some of which were reflected in the drawings of the camp children, showing violent scenes and fleeing families in the midst of atrocities.

 
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"Kurdistan, Kurdistan" debuts at Los Angeles film festival چاپ ارسال به دوست
Dr. Amir Sharifi; vokradio, Los Angeles, California, USA   

"Kurdistan, Kurdistan" debuts at Los Angeles film festival

 
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LOS ANGELES, California- Rudaw - The 2017 Universe Multicultural Film Festival (UMFF) proved to be provocative and refreshing including the debut of the Kurdish film 'Kurdistan Kurdistan.'

It brought many intriguing films from around the world to the greater Los Angeles area for three days at the Promenade on the Peninsula, RHCC Community Center and Peninsula Center Library in Los Angeles, California.

 
The almost decade old event organized by Maeya Culture Exchange Group LLC, offered a rich variety of films ranging in genres from documentaries and animations to shorts and feature length films, each delving into some form of cultural expression or traditions, with a myriad of works from world cinema represented by films from many countries including China, Korea, Cyprus, Iran, Russia, Japan, and a film from Northern Kurdistan.
 
According to Lynn Tang, the festival executive director: "Films have the power to bring history, culture, and languages together. This is how I found out about Kurds. I did not know much about the people and the land.  Watching ‘Kurdistan, Kurdistan’ opened my eyes to the beauty of the music and sad state of people’s lives.


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Seven short films bring the Kurds’ young cinema to America's west coast چاپ ارسال به دوست
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Seven short films bring the Kurds’ young cinema to America's west coast

By Dr. Amir Sharifi

rudaw.net

 25 December, 2015

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The New York Film Academy in Los Angeles hosted the screening of seven short Kurdish films on December 16. This was the first venue in which seven short films were showcased at this prestigious institution. The event was free and open to public and some one hundred people attended. 

The presence of Mr. David Newman, a distinguished professor of the Academy and Khalid Hamalaw, Kurdish film maker, one of whose documentaries, Mrs. Misfortune was shown, and the presence of a diverse engaged audience enhanced the screening. David Newman officially opened the program and invited Amir Sharifi, the president of the Kurdish American Education Society in Los Angeles to provide some background about the Kurdish cinema and the role of Khalid Hamalaw in organizing the venue. 

The audience was encouraged to take note of the fact that the Kurdish society is one of the oldest in the world yet it has one of the youngest cinemas. The selected films - White Mountain (Faqi Ibrahim), Ants' Apartment, (Tofigh Amani), Mrs. Misfortune, (Khalid Hamalaw), Bad Hunter, (Sahim Omar Khalifa), Abandoned Faces, (Ashkan Ahmedi), Human Beings, (Mashallha Muhammadi). 74-Shangal, (Chamani Gull) albeit not atypical represented a very small subsection within the genre of fiction, documentary, and animation.

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