In Erbil? Why Not!

We are delighted that we have managed to secure a fantastic list of 14 British films. There are gripping documentaries, stories of strong women, stories of individuals challenging their own society, comedies and heartbreak.

The films are a mixture of recent classics. Our lead film and showing on Saturday evening (26/11) is ‘Senna’ a British documentary film about Ayrton Senna, the F1 driver that has been showing in cinemas in London this year. We have three films to show strong female role models, at KRG request, (‘The Queen’, ‘Pride and Prejudice’ and ‘Made in Dagenham’), ‘Billy Elliot’ and ‘Brassed Off’ about challenging societal norms, ‘The Damned United’ because everyone loves football, ‘The Boy in Striped Pyjamas’ (about the Holocaust) and some independent films ‘Jig’ (about Irish dancing), ‘Ghosts’ (a documentary about illegal immigration) and a few others, including a comedy about a man who walks around Ireland with a fridge. Yes, a fridge. Please check the website for details (

But this is more than just a film festival. As the Kurdistan Region emerges onto the international stage after decades of isolation, its story has yet to be told in film. That’s why during this festival, the UK’s National Film and Television School will be running a series of workshops for young Kurdish film-makers wanting to tell their story, the story of their nation. That is the bigger aim, to have Kurdish films play a real part in the global film industry’s festival circuit in the coming years.

I hope will enjoy some fabulous British films with stories to challenge, entertain and wonder at.

In a few years time, we hope audiences in Kurdistan Region will be seeing their own stories on the silver screen.

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