Film Screening & Discussion: Once upon a Time by Kazım Öz 

Wed, April 25, 2018 7:00 pm at Alwan for the Arts

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Alwan for the Arts and 3rd I NY present:

He bû tune bû/ Once upon a Time by Kazım Öz

Documentary| Turkey |2014 |81 min

In Kurdish and Turkish with English subtitles

View trailer.

Post screening discussion with director Kazım Öz moderated by Negar Taymoorzadeh, PhD Candidate, Cinema Studies, New York University.

Doors Open at 6:30 pm

Tickets available online or at the door.

$10 General Admission, Students and Seniors


In Once upon a Time, a large and poor Kurdish family travels from their hometown of Batman to the vicinity of Ankara, the capital city,to grow lettuce as hired hands. A sudden explosion of love will change their story forever. The film is an astonishing work on the story, the struggle, the hard work behind each fruit and vegetable we feast on.

“An estimated 1 million people in Turkey work as hired hands in agriculture –a form of vast labour exploitation. They work without any insurance whatsoever and are paid extremely low wages. Most of them are Kurdish and underage. It is art against the sharp class struggle that continues to date, against new ways of colonialism and against people alienated from what they produce and consume. Art should continue to be the conscience of humanity.” – Kazım Öz

About the Artist

Kazım Öz is an award-winning Kurdish director, scriptwriter and producer.Kazım Öz shot his first short film Ax (Land, 1999) which won awards in numerous prominent film festivals. In 2002, he directed his first feature film Fotoğraf (2002), followed by Dûr (Distant, 2005); Bahoz (The Storm, 2008); Demsala Dawi: Şwaxan (Last Season, Shawaks, 2010); He Bû Tune Bû (Once Upon A Time, 2014); Beyaz Çınar (The White Sycamore, 2016); and finally Zer (2017).

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Alwan for the Arts is supported, in part, by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, the New York State Council of the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.

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.

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.

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