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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

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
vokradio, Los Angeles, California, USA   

Seven short films bring the Kurds’ young cinema to America's west coast

By Dr. Amir Sharifi

 25 December, 2015



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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POLARIS U.S. Premiere Screening at the Culver City Film Festival چاپ ارسال به دوست
vokradio, Los Angeles, California, USA   

POLARIS U.S. Premiere Screening at the Culver City Film Festival


 Polaris is a moving drama in which a psychologically traumatized war photographer is locked in a desperate struggle to protect her secrets from her husband and escape her inevitable return to the Middle East.

By: Christina Jo'Leigh, p.g.a.


Polaris is a rare, Iranian / American collaboration.  Even rarer, it was created by female filmmakers.  As I’m sure you’ve noticed, there has been an outcry for films by women, starring women, offering a different perspective and window into a world we’ve not been seeing.  This is just such a film.



Polaris was written by Naghmeh Samini and Soudabeh Moradian.  Soudabeh is also the Director.  She was an accomplished documentarian in Iran and traveled abroad creating many insightful films about Iran, Afghanistan and Iraq.  Her evolving body of work includes over 70 documentaries and TV series for European Channel ARTE and the BBC.  She immigrated to the U.S. for the freedom to create films with empowering social messages and now lives in Los Angeles. Together, Soudabeh Moradian and I have worked over 3 years to bring Polaris and its message to life.


Our lead character in Polaris, Baran, is half Persian – from Iran, and is representative of many women today, straddling two worlds, and attempting to cross the cultural divide.  She exemplifies the silent struggle of women who have had the strength to escape war-torn countries wrought with persecution, only to live in an aftermath of the trauma, still subject to the conventional constraints from which they came, while facing an ongoing struggle for independence and equality in the Western world that does not accept them, and in which they do not fit in.


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New York Film Academy Los Angeles; Kurdish Cinema, December16, 2016 چاپ ارسال به دوست
vokradio, Los Angeles, California, USA   

New York Film Academy Los Angeles; Kurdish Cinema, December 16, 2016

November 16, 2016
Los Angeles -- For the first time New York Film Academy Los Angeles, will be screening Kurdish cinema by showcasing 7 short films created by Kurdish filmmakers. Q&A with filmmaker Khalid Lawa will follow the screening.

The seven films are:

1- Ants Apartments (Koshki Merulekan) 2014, Short film, Directed by: Tofigh Amani

2- Bad Hunter  (2013) Short film, Comedy, Drama   Directed by Sahim Omar Kalifa

3- 74 (Shingal/ Sinjar) (2015); Short Documentary Directed by Sattar Chamani Gul

4- Misfortunate; Short film; Written & Directed by Khalid Hamalawa

5- White Mountains;(2006) Short film, Directed by Taha Karimi

6- Human Beings (2009) Short animated film by Mashaallah Mohammadi

7- The Abandoned faces (2015) Short film, Directed by Ashkan Ahmadi


These films have been selected to display the wide talents of young Kurdish filmmakers from different part of Kurdistan to the students of the New York Film Academy and the greater community. The organizers hope to create a bridge between cultures through the art of cinema and create a dialogue between fellow creatives. 

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Ahmet Kaya’s daughter says plagiarism allegations against Adele under investigation چاپ ارسال به دوست
vokradio, Los Angeles, California, USA   

Ahmet Kaya's daughter says plagiarism allegations against Adele under investigation



By: Ava Homa 

Dec. 13, 2015



Los Angeles - The daughter of legendary Kurdish singer Ahmet Kaya says allegation that British singer Adele has plagiarized from her late father are being investigated, and that her family is not ready to make any accusations.


The Kurdish singer's name appeared in the international media recently, when his fans accused Adele of plagiarising his song.  Kaya's 1985 hit "Acilara Tutunmak," which means "clinging to pain," is believed to have astounding similarities with "A Million Year Ago" of Adele's third album, "25." melis_kaya.jpg


"We heard about the incident indeed,"  Ahmet Kaya's daughter, Melis Kaya, told Rudaw

"There is a harmonic similarity between two songs, yet we left it to the music experts and lawyers. Also, we contacted our edition company in London. We believe that fans are somehow being a bit too excited about it though; it's not fair to accuse someone with something which is uncertain," she said.


She added that the deceased singer's recording companies in London and Istanbul are investigating the matter, but the family refuses to make any accusations just yet. 

The international pop singer of the UK's biggest-selling number one album of all time, Adele was once before accused of plagiarism in October, when Tom Waits' fans pointed out similarities between Adele's "Hello" and Waits' "Martha."  

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The 14th Annual Irvine Global Festival 2015 and Kurdish American Education Society (KAES) چاپ ارسال به دوست
vokradio, Los Angeles, California, USA   

The 14th Annual Irvine Global Festival 2015
and Kurdish American Education Society (KAES)
Join Us to introduce and promote our Cultural Heritage, history, language, music and food


Kurdish American Education Society (KAES), once again joins the Irvine Global Festival on Saturday Sept 26 in partnership to raise awareness and celebrate the cultural kaleidoscope of greater Los Angeles.

KAES and Kurdish Community of Southern California will represent and promote the Kurdish cultural heritage, Kurdish History, Kurdish Language, Music, and Food in this vivid and vivacious celebration of multiculturalism in Southern California. Like every year the festival is filled with a variety of cultural expressions and activities.

This year An artistically Constructed Collage of Kurdish ancient Archeological sites and main cities created by international wellknow Kurdish Artist Mr. Sardar Zuhdi on display at the KAES cultural Booth along with a myriad of other Cultural artifacts.

The day will feature hundreds of cultures, lively music and performances by different bands including our own Kurdish musician and vocalist Murat Daslik, who will be performing a number of songs from different regions of Kurdistan from 11:30 AM-12:00 PM on the Optima stage.

This year the Kurdish Niroj Cusin Restaurant will join the food fairs to offer tasty and fresh Kurdish food.

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