Talk with the kurdish filmaker Bina Qeredaxi about the Duhok International Film Festival and her work as a filmmaker.
Bina Qeredaxi was born in 1988 in Duhok city, Kurdistan region of Iraq.
She works as programe manager for the Duhok International Film Festival the bigggest film festival in Iraq which she co-founded in 2010. In the past 9 years she worked in different positions in award-winning films such as „Bekas“ by Karzan Kadir.
„I do this as a woman in a man dominated society, and as a cultural activist in a war-torn region, full of political conflicts, economical and humanitarian crisis, which makes the challenge even bigger in terms of proving them that culture IS actually a priority and should not be neglected.“
About Duhok International Film Festival
The festival aims to showcase innovative films of high artistic value with a notable handwriting made throughout the world. It shall work as a pinnacle point for all wishing to learn more about the possibilities the Kurdish regions have to offer. Duhok IFF wishes to create an atmosphere of exchange between different cultures and human values. The city becomes an encounter of civilizations, where ancient culture connects with modern culture and the Kurdish film landscape with world cinema. Unique film experiences can be made and people can share their thirst for new discoveries and a passion for cinema in all its diversity.
A major task of the festival is to build a bridge between Kurdish film production and worldwide filmmaking. It wishes to create a launch platform for films from Kurdistan, taking the pulse of new tendencies and offering the opportunity to explore a terrain opening up in contemporary filmmaking. As a unique festival in this region, it understands itself as a forge for new talents and meeting place for up and coming filmmakers.