Friday, September 3, 2010

Korean film festival to spotlight Kurdish cinema

03 September 2010

Eight films to focus on war, poverty and exile

A special program on Kurdish cinema will be presented during the 15th Pusan International Film Festival in Korea.

“The Unconquered Spirit” features eight films that delves into themes of war, poverty and exile including “Min-Dit: the Children of Diyarbakir” (2009) about two young Kurdish children forced to live on the street after their parents have been murdered.

“Kurdish cinema does not overlook a reality of pain and frustration,” the festival said in a statement. “Nonetheless, it never forgets love, peace, and humanitarianism.”

Pusan will hold a special seminar with Kurdish directors along with the screenings. The festival runs October 7-15

Pusan International Film Festival held annually in Haeundae-gu, Pusan , South Korea, is one of the most significant film festivals in Asia.

The first festival, held from September 13 to September 21, 1996, was also the first international film festival in Korea.

The focus of the PIFF is introducing new films and first-time directors, especially those from Asian countries.

Another notable feature is the appeal of the festival to young people, both in terms of the large youthful audience it attracts and through its efforts to develop and promote young talent.

In 1999, the Pusan Promotion Plan was established to connect new directors to funding sources.