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Our Kurdish poets چاپ ارسال به دوست
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Our Kurdish poets

 By Colm Patrick MacManus (1944-2011)
Responding to the ideological needs of the Kurdish national liberation movement, which gained momentum in the late nineteenth century, Kurdish classical literature gradually gave way to a new, more flexible version of classical poetry known as "neo-classicism", which represented a transitional period from official classical poetry to modern poetry.
The theory and practice of modernisation was introduced through new literary trends in Turkish literature effected under the influence of European modernisation movements.
The vanguards of this new trend in Turkish literature were Taufiq Hikmat, Namiq Kamal and others. Their work largely influenced Kurdish intellectuals within the Ottoman administration before and during the First World War. These intellectuals became very familiar with the modes of Turkish national revival and took from it what befitted their own nationalistic ideas and ideals: to revive their indigenous literary forms and traditions to preserve, promote and purify their national language, to introduce liberal ideas of progress and modern civilisation, to establish various media which are necessary to perform these tasks, such as opening schools for teaching the mother tongue, setting up cultural societies and associations, establishing printing presses, magazines and newspapers in the Kurdish language. 
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Los Angeles; Special Screenings Of BERNARD-HENRI LÉVY's latest Films, Peshmerga &The Battle Of Mosul چاپ ارسال به دوست
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Special Screenings Of BERNARD-HENRI LÉVY's latest films,

Peshmerga And The Battle Of Mosul


On January 17 and 18, Landmark's Nuart Theatre welcomes renowned philosopher, writer, 
activist, and filmmaker Bernard-Henri Lévy to present his eye-opening documentaries from the front lines of conflict in Bosnia, Libya, and most recently Kurdistan and Iraq.

This retrospective includes the U.S. theatrical premiere engagements of his latest films Peshmerga and The Battle of Mosul, as well as special screenings of his earlier works Bosna! and The Oath of Tobruk.

Click on the showtime links to purchase tickets:

Friday, January 17:

7:00 pm Q&A following Peshmerga and The Battle of Mosul (double feature)

Moderated by Mitchell Landsberg (L.A. Times Senior Editor, former Foreign Editor)

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An Interview with Maryam Pirband a director and producer چاپ ارسال به دوست
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ISA award-winning Maryam Pirband:

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



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)


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.


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





 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. 





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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