13th Kurdish Film Festival Hamburg to kick off on 26 October

The 13th Kurdish Film Festival Hamburg will take place at the end of October. The opening film is "Neighbors" by Mano Khalil, while "Stille Post" by Florian Hoffmann will be the closing film.

The 13th Kurdish Film Festival Hamburg will take place from 26 to 31 October in the 3001 cinema and the Zeise cinemas. The festival will open on Wednesday, 16 October at 6.30 pm with a gala and a live performance by the Kurdish musician Hivron in the Zeise cinemas on Friedensallee in Altona. This will be followed by the presentation of this year's opening film "Neighbors" by Mano Khalil.

This year, the organizers of the Kurdish Film Festival Hamburg promise a rich offer of very different Kurdish feature films, short films and documentaries. Out of solidarity with filmmakers in Afghanistan and Ukraine, two films from these countries will also be shown. The award ceremony will take place on 31 October at 4 pm in the Zeise cinemas. The closing film will be Florian Hoffmann's “Stille Post”.

Panel and children's program

The festival program also includes a panel. On 30 October, the archaeologist and film producer Mesut Alp and the filmmaker Veysi Altay will discuss "humanity, culture and human rights in the shadow of state reprisals - the effect of systematic mistreatment on Kurdish cinema" in the MUT Theater.

On the same day, the MUT Theater will offer "Theater-pedagogical animation & theater with children" for smaller cinema lovers.

The Hamburg Kurdish Film Festival

The Hamburg Kurdish Film Festival is organised by a collective of more than 40 volunteers from various professional groups, including academics, film and art workers and students from Hamburg. The festival was launched 17 years ago to make films from all four parts of Kurdistan - Başûr (south), Rojihilat (east), Bakur (north), Rojava (west) - accessible to all and thus to offer a platform to Kurdish cinema in Hamburg.