Moderated by Kaveh Abbasian
Description
Documentary filmmakers have been making films and newsreels in conditions of conflict such as world wars and civil wars since the early days in film history. Without their work, the world wouldn’t have had the awareness about what actually goes on in the affected areas and what actually happens to the affected people either fighters or civilians. In making such films, documentary filmmakers get involved in situations that are not easy for anyone to endure. They face practical filmmaking challenges as well as emotional turbulences. That is not to mention the dangerous and life-threatening situations that they have to endure. Documentary filmmaking remains a vibrant aspect of Kurdish cinema and a vital medium through which light can be shed on the conflicts that have swept across the region. For this panel discussion, we have invited three filmmakers all of whom have experience of making documentary films in different parts of Kurdistan and in conditions of conflict during recent years.


Jiyar Gol

Jiyar Gol is a Kurdish journalist and documentary filmmaker from Senna. He is a BBC World correspondent, covering the Middle East, with a focus on Kurdish issues. He has made several documentaries including The Emblem of Turkey, the Kurdish Problem (2005), Health Care 911 (2006), Tale of Two Soldiers (2010) and The Lost Daughter of Halabja (2008).


Maryam Ashrafi

Maryam Ashrafi is a Paris-based Iranian photographer/filmmaker. In her work, she has had a focus on the situation of the Kurds. As an independent photographer, she has covered the aftermath of wars, from Kobane in Northern Syria to Sinjar, in Iraqi Kurdistan. Her work on Kurdish resistance movements has been the subject of several exhibitions and publications.

Her long-term work on Kurdish issues has also driven her to work as a camerawoman in documentaries such as I Am The Revolution (2018) and to direct and shoot her upcoming documentary in Iraq and Syria.


Apo Bazidi

Apo W. Bazidi is an award-winning filmmaker who has been interested in storytelling and writing since childhood. He was born in Eastern Turkey to Kurdish parents. After immigrating to San Francisco, Apo met his mentor, Angelo Ciaffi, who inspired and encouraged him to pursue his passion for a career in film. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Film & Television Production from the University of Southern California in 2011. Apo's films are primarily concerned with social issues and the importance of global cultural interactions. His most recent work, Resistance is Life, won 8 festival awards for best documentary feature. Apo believes in making a positive change and his lifelong motto is "Be creative and inspire”.

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