Documentaries Programme 12 (Monday 3 Dec 14:15)
CHRISTMAS IN IRAQ
Director: Jiyar Gol
South Kurdistan (Iraq)-Canada 2007 / 27m / Kurdish (Sorani), Arabic-Aramaic with English subtitles / 15
This documentary aims to shed light on the life of Christian communities in Kurdistan during a time of chaos. Through the stories of Father Slewa and two families who escaped Baghdad and Mosul to Kurdistan, the film captures the everyday life of Iraqi Christians and strives to understand just how Christian communities survived amidst the region's turmoil and where they find their strength.
LALISH IS THE BEGINNING OF THE LIFE
Director: Aso Haji
South Kurdistan (Iraq) 2007 / 25m / Kurdish (Kurmanji and Sorani) with English subtitles / PG
A portrait of the Lalish Temple, the holy place for Yazidi Kurds in the Northeast of Mosul province in South Kurdistan, and the religious ceremony of the Yazidi Kurds there. The Yazdanizm religion, known as Metriyan, comes from the heart of Kurdistan. It has almost become a forgotten culture even in its homeland and contains the oldest mythology about the creation of universe and life
CHILDREN OF ADAM
Director: Georgy Paradzhanov
Russia 2007 / 50min / Kurdish (Kurmanji) with English subtitles / PG
An impressionistic collage portraying fragments of life of Yazidi Kurds in Armenia. It's a film about love: love between people and their love of God; about people who, despite everything, have still managed to conserve their ancient, thousand-year old traditions and culture.
Documentaries Programme 13 (Wednesday 5 Dec 20:15)
SOUND OF THE WALNUT
Director: Nasir Hassan
South Kurdistan (Iraq) 2007 / 25m / Kurdish (Sorani) with English Subtitles
The life of Kurdish people in the mountains and in the villages in the region between the East (Iran) and South (Iraq). Focuses especially on how people help each other during the walnut picking season.
Director: Bijan Zamanpira
East Kurdistan (Iran) 2006 / 15m / No dialogue / PG
This documentary reveals the extraordinary lengths rural Kurds have to go to in order to obtain water in the summer months.