Filmmaking in Iraqi Kurdistan / by emma piper-burket

Duhok, production headquarters of Reseba.

Duhok, production headquarters of Reseba.

For the past few years I have been researching the development of Iraqi Kurdish cinema.  This month my research found two culminations... this article in Reverse Shot, focusing on the burgeoning film scene in Duhok: Toward an Iraqi Kurdish Cinema

And my MFA thesis from FAMU, which looks at the region as a whole.

At the same time I heard that Shawkat Amin Korki's wonderful film, Memories on Stone, has been submitted as Iraq's official entry to the Academy Awards. Am wishing them all the best of luck.

It is hard to find a lot of the films I've written about recently, two snippets below to whet the appetite.

Trailer: Memories on Stone

Hawraz Mohammed's Short Film: Record.

"The film tells the story of the life of an elderly mother and father. Want to portray their lives through a video camera in order to send their son who lives abroad in loneliness... In the nineties the majority of young Iraqi Kurdistan have migrated their country because of the civil war and poverty."