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Bayan Sami Abdul Rahman KRG’s US Representative:Diaspora plays a role in furthering Kurdish cause چاپ ارسال به دوست
Dr. Amir Sharifi, VOKRadio, Los Angeles, CA, USA   

Bayan Sami Abdul Rahman KRG’s US Representative: Diaspora plays a role in furthering Kurdish cause!

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January 14,2017
 
Los Angeles, US – The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) needs to engage more with the Kurdish diaspora, especially youth, as Kurds abroad have historically played an important role in advocating internationally for Kurds in the region, the KRG’s representative to the United States said this week. 


Bayan Sami Abdul Rahman spoke at the University of Southern California (USC) on Tuesday at ‘Kurdistan in Perspective,’ organized by a young and impassioned graduate student, Evin Cheikosmon. 

The purpose of the series of talks was to educate students and the public about the KRG, their diplomatic mission, their challenges, achievements, and the future of Kurdistan, said Cheikosmon.

The main event was preceded by a roundtable discussion between Rahman, a number of USC professors of Public Diplomacy and International Relations, and the spokesperson for Olive Tree Initiative, a university-based organization that advocates conflict analysis and resolution through academic discourse, experiential education and leadership development.
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Kurdistan in Perspective; KRG Representative to the U.S., Bayan Sami Abdul Rahman چاپ ارسال به دوست
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Kurdistan in Perspective;

Kurdistan Regional Government Representative to the U.S., Bayan Sami Abdul Rahman

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Please join the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Representative to the U.S., Bayan Sami Abdul Rahman, for a discussion on the role that the KRG plays in the Middle East.

She will discuss the current challenges that the KRG faces, its accomplishments, and what the future looks like for Kurdistan.

Furthermore, we will gain insight into the increasing efforts made by Ms. Abdul Rahman to strengthen KRG diplomacy, as well as reach out to the Kurdish diaspora in the U.S.

Evin Cheikosman, M.A. Candidate in Public Diplomacy, will moderate the event.

 


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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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Twin bomb attacks target PDK-Iran headquarter near Erbil چاپ ارسال به دوست
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Twin bomb attacks target PDK-Iran headquarter near Erbil

 
 
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region (Kurdistan24) - On Tuesday night, two explosions targeted the Kurdistan Democratic Party (PDK) - Iran headquarter in the city of Koya in Erbil province.

Following the explosions, ambulances rushed to the scene and transferred the wounded people to the nearby hospitals.

Spokesperson of Koya Hospital told Kurdistan24 that some of the wounded were transferred to Erbil hospital due to their critical health conditions.pdki_122016.jpg

"Now, we cannot blame any side for the attacks on PDK headquarter," Kamal Kareemi, a member of the PDK political bureau, told Kurdistan24 on Tuesday.

The explosions took place around 10:30 pm local time.

 

 

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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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