Documentaries Programme 2 (Saturday 1 Dec 15:30)
Director: Asaad Sofia
East Kurdistan (Iran) 2006 / 14m / Farsi, Kurdish (Sorani) with English subtitles / PG
Wria is a kurdish boy with mental disability. He loves wrestling and his ambition is to become a champion. People help him to reach his goal.
MAKE YOUR TOYS BY YOURSELF
Director: Sibel Akkulak
North Kurdistan (Turkey) 2007 / 25m / Turkish with English subtitles / PG
A documentary about a project in two cities, Istanbul and the Kurdish city of Diyarbakir, where forced migration and poverty coexist. The project works with young children and helps them develop creativity and build self-confidence.
Director: Zimnako Kareem
South Kurdistan (Iraq) 2007 / 12m / Kurdish (sorani) with English subtitles / PG
Pencil erasers are collected from primary school children and fascinatingly arranged so that they can understand the numbers involved.
Documentaries Programme 3 (Friday 30 Nov 17:45)
TRACES: THE PEOPLE OF THE PEACOCK
Director: Binevsa Bêrîvan
Belgium/Armenia/Germany 2006 / 52m / Kurdish (Kurmanji) with English subtitles / PG
At the beginning of the 19th Century, Yazidi Kurds became victims of the Ottoman Empire's intolerance. During this period they were exiled from their homeland to the different parts of the region, including Armenia where generations of them now live. Here, young Kurdish filmmaker Binevsa Bêrîvan travels to Armenia to meet these people, and outlines their rich and vibrant history which can be traced back to the story of conversion to Islam in the 7th century, and the persecution of minorities who remained true to their religious roots.
THE TUNES OF THE PEACOCK'S FEATHER
Director: Faranak Ahmadi
South Kurdistan (Iraq) 2002 / 53m / Kurdish with English subtitles / PG
Documentary examining the Yazidis and their culture during the sacred festival of Jama, when they gather in the temple of Lalash in South Kurdistan (Iraq).