Hagop Kevorkian Center at New York University
First New York Kurdish Film Festival (www.nykff.com)
The First New York Kurdish Film Festival:
A Cinema Across Borders
Line-Up Includes the US Premiere of Kazim Öz's Newest Film "The Storm"
New York, NY- THE FIRST NEW YORK KURDISH FILM FESTIVAL: A CINEMA ACROSS BORDERS is the first-ever film festival of Kurdish cinema in the United States. Bringing together an exciting range of films and documentaries from across the Kurdish region and the Kurdish diaspora, the festival will feature ten short films, a documentary and eight feature films, including the US premiere of The Storm by Kazim Öz (Ax, Fotograf). In addition, the festival will include a Filmmakers' Panel with six prominent Kurdish filmmakers from Iran, Iraq, Turkey, and the diaspora to connect directly with New York audiences, and post-film Q&As with the filmmakers, providing potential new routes for understanding and dialogue. Situated in the heart of the Middle East, Kurdish cinema intersects with many of the great political conflicts of our age. These diverse films provide powerful and unexpected insights into our common world through stunning cinematography, rich narratives, and deeply humane storytelling.
All screenings will take place at the NYU Cantor Film Center (36 East 8th Street, NY, NY) and the NYU Hagop Kevorkian Center (50 Washington Square South at 255 Sullivan Street, NY, NY). Tickets can be purchased for $10 general admission through SmartTix on www.smarttix.com or 212-868-4444. Tickets for the Filmmakers' Panel, Cinema Shorts, Yol, and Close Up Kurdistan are free, but reservations through www.smarttix.com are strongly advised. For more information, please visit www.nykff.com.
THE FIRST NEW YORK KURDISH FILM FESTIVAL: A CINEMA ACROSS BORDERS is directed by an independent organizing committee, presented by the Hagop Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies at NYU, ArteEast and The London Kurdish Film Festival and supported, in part, by the Center for Religion and Media at NYU, the Cultural Services of the French Embassy, the French-American Cultural Exchange, the Norwegian Film Institute and by public funds from New York State Council on the Arts and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council.
To arrange pre-festival phone interviews with film directors or in-person interviews between Oct 21-25, or
to obtain screeners, please contact Rosey Strub on 718.857.0013 or firstname.lastname@example.org.