Chicago Kurdish Cultural Center proudly presents a movie screening – Kurdistan Kurdistan –
Date and Time: Friday, June 17th
Location: University of Chicago
Pick Hall, Room 016, 5828 S University Ave, Chicago, IL
Ticket:No Admission Fee – Suggested Donation $10
Director : Bulent Gunduz
Screenwriter : Bulent Gunduz
Cinematographer : Savali Aydar, Semih Yldiz
Editor : Ulas Devrim Karasungur
Music : Amed Tabar
In the 1990s, Delil Dilanar, one of the great Kurdish singers, who continues to keep alive a tradition of a rich and complex musical style of dengbej that he has inherited from master Egîtê Cimo, was forced to leave his homeland and go into exile in Europe. After 20 years of exile, he finds that his heart hasn’t followed him. During a concert in New York, he announces his return to his roots. But back in Kurdistan he falls into a deep depression. He tries to recover with his music master who comes to join him in the village.
London IFF 2016 Best Foreign Language Feature Film
Indonesia Jakarta International Humanitarian Gold Awards
Los Angeles Film Festival Awards – Best Original Song / Best Foreign Feature Film
World Premiere Festival des Films du Monde de Montreal 2015
Hollywood International Moving Pictures Film Festival Best Director / Best Drama
Bulent Gunduz was born in Northern Kurdistan, graduated in engineering from Kahraman Maras University but he quickly realized that his interests lay elsewhere. He studied film and journalism in Istanbul and left to Paris for political reasons.
In 2007, he published a book (Generallerin Mikrofonlu Erleri ve Kurtler.)
In 2010, he directed his first documentary for which he has had numerous international awards, including ‘jury prize’ price and ‘Best Director’ at the New York International Independent Film Festival Since 20011, he has been writing articles for a Kurdish newspaper, published in Europe
In 2013, he directed his second documentary named ‘Roboski Mon Amour’ on the drama caused death of 34 people including 19 children following the Turkish fighter jet bombing in south-eastern Turkey (Sirnak town, village Roboski)
In 2015, he directed his first feature film titled Kurdistan-Kurdistan, speaks of exile and return to the roots of a Kurdish musician and legendary reunion with his master musician, his family and re stripping his homeland.