29 Aug 2014

London Kurdish Film Festival 'Yazidis: Past, Present and Future'.

London Kurdish Film Festival Event:

YAZIDIS; PAST, PRESENT & FUTURE

 

Saturday 30th August, 1-6pm SOAS University, SOAS Main Building, Djam Lecture Theatre (DLT), Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, WC1H OXG, London.

 

For the last three weeks, the world has been watching the great tragedy, exodus and displacement of the Yazidi people unfold. Members of this ancient faith are now faced with annihilation as a result of brutal attacks of the Islamic State that is wreaking havoc on their ancient homeland. Hundreds of thousands of people, young, old, women and disabled have been displaced, kidnapped, killed. Many more, have died from hunger and thirst in these vicious attacks staged by IS. The scale of the tragedy that is still unfolding is still unknown and it seems like these tragedies in the Middle East will be on going for the unforeseeable future.

 

We, as the London Kurdish Film Festival, are organising a multifaceted daylong event to draw more attention to this humanitarian crisis:

 

EXHIBITION OF DRAWINGS

13:00 - An exhibition of drawings by the German Illustrator Olivier Kugler, which depict the social life of displaced refugees in Domiz Camp in Dohuk city, Kurdistan. The drawings have been published in Harper's, Le Monde Diplomatique, Internazionale and Port Magazine.

 

DOCUMENTARY SCREENING

14:00 - The screening of “Lalish Mihrani” by director Aso Haji, a documentary portraying the life of Yazidi people and the spiritual journey of their belief system. The director of this beautifully narrated documentary was given unprecedented access to the Yazidis’ shrines in Lalish, their Mecca, as well as their elderly and clergies. This film delves into this highly secretive and conservative community to develop a sympathetic and empathetic understanding of this often-misunderstood belief group.


*15 Minutes Break.

 

NEWS REPORT SCREENING

15:15 - A short screening of news coverage from Kurdistan and the region.

 

PANEL DISCUSSION

15:30 - Panel: "Yazidis; Past, Present & Future". Who are the Yazidi People? What took place? Why have the Yazidi people been targeted? and the future of Yazidi people in the Middle East.

 

Moderator:

Mr. Guney Yildiz (Journalist - BBC World Service)

 

Panelists:

Professor Christine Allison (Kurdish Studies, Exeter University) will be talking about the Yazidis history, culture and belief system.

 

 

Mr. Yilmaz Gunay (Secretary of Federation of Yazidi Associations) will be talking about the Yazidis’ expectations and what awaits them.

 

Mr. Eyup Burc (IMC TV Co-ordinator) will be talking about what has happened recently, why Yazidis have been targeted and the position of Kurdish forces.

 

Mr. Aris Roussinos (Freelance Journalist - Vice News) will be talking about the current situation and the situation of the Yaziidi refugees.

 

 

*THIS IS A FREE EVENT

*NO BOOKING IS REQUIRED, HOWEVER SEATING IS LIMITED

 

For more information please contact:
Snah Fatah 07818508533

Memed Aksoy 07506702967
 

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