Film Screening & Discussion: Zer by Kazım Öz

Thu, April 26, 2018 7:00 pm at Alwan for the Arts

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Alwan for the Arts and 3rd I NY present:

Zer by Kazım Öz

Feature| Germany Turkey | 2017 |113 min

In Kurdish and Turkish with English subtitles

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Post-screening discussion with director Kazım Öz moderated by Ali Sengul, Adjunct Assistant Professor, Cinema Studies, Baruch College.

Doors Open at 6:30 pm

Tickets available online or at the door.

$15 General Admission | $10 Students and Seniors


Zer is a young man's journey into his roots, an exploration of a song originated in a village removed from history. Jan, a young man who has grown up in New York, is moved by a song that his grandmother sings to him on her deathbed. She tells him about a recurring nightmare that she experienced as a child in a terrible massacre. After her death, Jan travels to Kurdish coreland, searching for the truth behind the song she sang. His journey takes him deep into his own unknown heritage, revealing sad, violently hidden truths and the importance of what the grandmother has left behind. An enigmatic, lyrical and moving meditation on the scars of a troubled region with beautiful cinematography and mystical undertones.

About the Artist

Kazım Öz is an award-winning Kurdish director, scriptwriter and producer. He 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.

Last updated: 2018-04-23 12:49:49

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