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NYU Hosts the First New York Kurdish Film Festival: "A Cinema Across Borders," Oct. 21-25

September 23, 2009
N-37, 2009-10

Rosey Strub | 718.857.0013 | rosey.nykff@gmail.com

Line-Up Includes the US Premiere of Kazim Öz’s Newest Film, “The Storm”

The New York Kurdish Film Festival: A Cinema Across Borders, the first-ever film festival of Kurdish cinema in the United States, will take place October 21-25 at New York University. All screenings will be at the NYU Cantor Film Center (36 East 8th Street at University Place) or the NYU Hagop Kevorkian Center (50 Washington Square South/enter at 255 Sullivan Street). For more information and a complete schedule of screenings, please visit www.nykff.com. Subways: A, C, D, E, F (West 4th Street); N, R, W (8th Street); 6 (Astor Place).

Bringing together an exciting range of films and documentaries from across the Kurdish region and the Kurdish diaspora, the festival will feature 10 short films, a documentary, and eight feature films, including the U.S. 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 (Saturday, October 24, 4 p.m.) and post-film Q&As with the filmmakers. 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.

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. 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 rosey.strub@gmail.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. It is 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.

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