Film Screening & Discussion: Kurdish Film and Cultural Festival

Fri, November 10, 2017 6:00 pm at Alwan for the Arts

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8 Ball Community and North America Rojava Alliance (NARA) present:

Sponsored by Alwan for the Arts and 3rdi


6 pm:Mehmet Aksoy Shorts

Reception to follow with traditional food and Kurdish tea


1 pm:'The Politics of Kurdish Dress in Turkey

4:00 pm: Talk by Engin Sustam on Kurdish film

4:30 pm: Film screening: Come To My Voice by Hüseyin Karabey. Q&A with director to follow


2:30 pm:Feminism & Democracy talk with Meredith Tax, Debbie Bookchin. Moderated by Mia Herndon

5:30 pm - Film screening: Shorts from the Rojava Film Commune & Q&A

Reception to follow.

All events of the festival will take place atAlwan for the Arts: 16 Beaver Street, 4th Floor, New York, NY 10004

The Kurdish Cultural Festival,Nov. 10-12, sponsored by8-Ball Communityand the North America Rojava Alliance (NARA), was organized to introduce New Yorkers to Kurdish culture and to call attention to the contribution the Rojava model could make to political thinking in the US. The festival is dedicated toMehmet Aksoy; a tireless and inspirational English Kurdish writer, activist and filmmaker, who was martyred whilst filming the battle for Raqqa. Please join us to celebrate his memory with screenings and talks, Kurdish music, culture, and food.

The history of the Kurdish people, often called the world's largest ethnic group without a state, stretches back to the dawn of civilization in Mesopotamia. After World War I, the Kurds' historic homeland was divided between the newly formed states of Iran, Iraq, Syria and Turkey. Despite being separated by nation states, they still share a common culture, a history of oppression, and a desire for either independence or autonomy.

With the beginning of the Syrian civil war, Syrian Kurds became able to explore what they would do if they had control over their own future. While much of their energy has been devoted to defense against ISIS, their autonomous region, calledRojava, has become a testing ground for new ideas about municipal democracy, feminism, and economic and environmental sustainability. In Rojava, now renamed the Democratic Federation of North Syria to emphasize its multi-ethnic population and pluralistic politics, the Syrian Kurds are showing that the Middle East can be a new source of ideas about democracy.


3rd i New York’s monthly film/video/media salon is curated by local filmmakers and cultural producers to showcase the works of independent media artists of South Asian, Central Asian, and Arab descent. Providing alternative forums for these filmmakers who often have few venues to showcase their work and whose cultures and histories are often demonized or misrepresented in mainstream media, not only increases their visibility, but also provides a social forum for peers and audiences to participate in an ongoing discussion.

3rd i NY Film Programming is made possible in part with public funds from the Fund for Creative Communities, supported by New York State Council on the Arts, and the Manhattan Community Arts Fund, supported by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, both in partnership with the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council.

We thank Alwan for the Arts for hosting our film screenings and to the SINGH Foundation for acting as our fiscal sponsor.

Last updated: 2017-10-12 06:53:23

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