Sat 17th Sept, 7pm, 1600 M Street, NW Washington, D.C. 20036
‘Road to Kurdistan’ is a documentary about the relationship between Iranian Kurdistan and Iraqi Kurdistan. Fo’ad, a male musician from Iran, and Serwa, a female musician from Iraq, give perspective on the relationship between the two regions and share experiences of living in their respective countries. Through the exploration of their lives, we come to appreciate Kurdish history and how the people of this region have been exploited and used as pawns for different powers. These young adults have promising lives ahead of them, but can they overcome the weight of the history of their people?
Kurdish and Farsi with English subtitles.
Discussion with director follows the screening.
Directed by Persheng Sadegh-Vaziri:
Persheng Sadegh-Vaziri is an award-winning independent filmmaker, born and raised in Tehran, Iran. When the revolution in Iran broke out she was compelled to stay in the U.S., where she received her B.A. from Trinity College in Hartford, Conn., and an M.A. in Cinema Studies from New York University. She works for Link TV on documentary programs that promote understanding of Iran, including Cinema Encounters in Tehran and Conversations in Tehran. She has worked for Deep Dish TV on a 12-part series about the war in Iraq, which was broadcast on PBS and has been shown worldwide in museums, art houses, and universities. It was included in the 2005 Whitney Museum Biennial.
Her personal documentaries are about Iran and her relationship to the country she left as a young person, the upheavals of revolution, the Iran-Iraq war, and years of difficult history with the United States. Her work has shown widely in museums, art houses, universities, and on television. They include ‘Caught Between Two Worlds’ (2008), ‘Women Like Us’ (2002), ‘A Place Called Home’ (1998), ‘Far From Iran’ (1990), ‘Journal from Tehran’ (1987). Her work is distributed by Women Make Movies and Arab Films.
For more details and a map: National Geographic Events
Image from ‘Road to Kurdistan’