‘Kulajo: My Heart is Darkened’ on Al Jazeera English, 12th March

KT News:Kulajo My Heart is Darkened

‘Kulajo: My Heart is Darkened’, a film about the Garmyan Anfal campaign, is showing on Al Jazeera English next week, as follows:

Wednesday, 12th March

GMT: Wednesday: 2200; Thursday: 1200; Friday: 0100; Saturday: 0600

This documentary tells the story of a national tragedy, the Kurdish genocide, as seen through the eyes of the people of one remote farming community in Iraqi Kurdistan.

Kulajo was one of thousands of Kurdish villages targeted by Saddam Hussein’s regime during the ‘Anfal’ campaign in Iraq in 1988.

Over a six month period, up to 180,000 people were killed and over 2,500 villages destroyed.

In Kulajo, half of the tiny community of 300 people died that year as a result of this campaign. The survivors gave birth in prison, survived firing squads and fled to Iran before eventually returning home.

In this remarkable film, survivors from this tiny remote farming community tell their extraordinary stories.

About the film makers:

Gwynne Roberts is a Film Maker, Director of RW Films and Kurdistan Memory Programme. He has specialised over the past 30 years in producing films on international and human rights issues.

He and producer Sadie Wykeham have won many awards including an Emmy for Outstanding Investigative Journalism for Saddam’s Road to Hell which dealt with the abduction of 8,000 Barzani Kurds in 1983 by Iraq’s secret police. It was shown on PBS, Channel 4, ZDF, and BBC World.

They received the Edward R Murrow Award for Best TV Documentary on Foreign Affairs for Iraq’s Killing Fields (PBS/BBC), the first film to investigate the Kurdish genocide. Gwynne was the first television journalist to interview Osama Bin Laden in Afghanistan whilst making The Saudi Tapes for Dispatches Channel 4.

Current projects include the Kurdistan Memory Programme which seeks to inform the world about Kurdish history and its role in shaping the political contours of the Middle East.

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