Kurdistan covers in big parts the region of former Mesopotamia. Being
one of the oldest cultures in the world, Mesopotamia is widely considered as
the cradle of civilization where writing was invented and the origins of
philosophy can be traced back to. With its ancient, highly developed and
socially complex states it had a profound impact on the development of the
western civilization and culture.
The Duhok International Film Festival wishes to return a cultural
identity to this region, so that it is perceived again as a place of development
instead of a place of political conflict. The fertile land that Mesopotamia
once presented is now the land that can breathe quality, cinema and epic stories,
growing to new strength.
The festival aims to showcase innovative films of high artistic value with
a notable handwriting made throughout the world. It shall work as a pinnacle
point for all wishing to learn more about the possibilities the Kurdish regions
have to offer. Duhok IFF wishes to create an atmosphere of exchange between
different cultures and human values. The city becomes a encounter of
civilisations, where ancient culture connects with modern culture and the
Kurdish film landscape with world cinema. Unique film experiences can be made
and people can share their thirst for new discoveries and a passion for cinema
in all its diversity.
A major task of the festival is to build a bridge between Kurdish film
production and worldwide film making. It wishes to create a launch platform for
films from Kurdistan, taking the pulse of new tendencies and offering the
opportunity to explore a terrain opening up in contemporary film making. As a unique
festival in this region, it understands itself as a forge for new talents and
meeting place for up and coming film makers.
The programme does not only present a wide selection of international
productions from all over the world, it also aims to spotlight Kurdish film in
the world’s film landscape.
It focusses both on new films from the four parts of Kurdistan (Iran,
Iraq, Syria and Turkey), as well as on films from abroad including films made
by Kurdish filmmakers who live in Diaspora.
It is time to open ourselves to the thoughts, images, myths and stories
of Kurdistan, to its culture, to its films. Welcome to Duhok!
The Duhok International Film Festival is organised by the General
Directorate of Culture, Arts, Sports and Youth of Duhok City and by the Cinema
Directorate Duhok in cooperation with mîtosfilm Berlin.