Retrospective guest Bahman Ghobadi is a pioneering Kurdish filmmaker, who uses his films to raise awareness of the difficult predicament of his people and gleans mesmerizing stories from his rugged homeland. Ghobadi was born in the Kurdish part of Northern Iran 1969 near the Iraqi border.
22.02.2016Life on the Border- Berlinale
It iIt is easy to foresee that in years to come the refugee crisis will not be defining this decade. So enormous has it now become, not just in the Mediterranean but also throughout the Middle East, that this great movement of people, displaced by heinous acts of terror and the surrounding civil wars, has irreversibly changed the shape of the modern world.
16.10.2014Mardan, Oscar submitted by Iraq
Iraq submits Mardan as official Oscar entry Mardan, a film by Batin Ghobadi, has been nominated by the cultural committee of the culture ministry in Iraq for the Academy Awards foreign language film prize. The film, which premiered in Toronto in September, follows a police officer gripped by a traumatic childhood memory as he searches for a missing man in the rugged mountains of Iraqi Kurdistan.