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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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POLARIS U.S. Premiere Screening at the Culver City Film Festival چاپ ارسال به دوست
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POLARIS U.S. Premiere Screening at the Culver City Film Festival

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 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.

 

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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
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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.
 
 
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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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