Kurdish Film: “More than the Mountains – Kurdistan of Iraq”

The film features a historical-political aspect of the life of people of Kurdistan. It is a long journey tracing Kurdish history from ancient to modern times. The film focuses upon the struggles of Kurds for self-determination, and how, in the process, they had been betrayed and found themselves under continuous oppression.  The film, however, does not only touch upon the plight of the past echoed by the saying “The Kurds have no friends but the mountains,” but also looks forward to the Kurds rebuilding their future and looking forward to having “more than the mountains.”

The journey begins with Dr. Kirmanj Gundi, a Kurdish refugee, as he returns to Kurdistan for the first time in 29 years. Through interviews, the film briefly recalls the illustrious past of the Medes to document the proud history of the ancient people whose descendents today are the Kurds. Through interviews, photography and historical footage the film traces the division of Kurdistan amongst Iran, Iraq, Syria, and Turkey—and how after the division, the Kurds were oppressed, forcibly relocated and attacked with chemical weapons by Saddam Hussein’s Ba’athist regime.  Further, the film documents how the Kurds were cynically used in the geopolitical games of regional and world powers and how, in particular, two U.S previous administrations have betrayed the Kurds for US political gains.

The journey takes Dr. Clare Bratten (Director and Producer) and Dr. Kirmanj Gundi (Associate Producer) to a rejuvenated Kurdistan in which people have created a secure region and are busy rebuilding their homeland. The film features interviews in which citizens of Kurdistan talk about their dreams for a better life and more prosperous future.

The film shows the culture of coexistence, which the people of Kurdistan have created, where all non-Kurd and non-Muslim groups have found their own identity and practice their cultures—something they were deprived of under Saddam Hussein’s regimes.

The film further documents how the people of Kurdistan have proven to the world that they are capable of controlling their own destiny and live in peace with other nations in the region. Like their ancestors, the Medes, the Kurds will continue to contribute to the culture of coexistence and urges world powers to revisit their policies regarding this ancient ethnic people who have legitimate aspirations for national self-determination.

Kurdish Aspect

December 28, 2010


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