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In Beliefeld – Germany, the fourth conference of the West Kurdistan intellectuals’ Union was held on 25-26/01/2014.

    Hosting three internationally renowned Kurdish filmmakers and a range of awarded films, theLondon Kurdish Film Festivalis delighted to announce its 8thFestival from 15th to 24th November 2013.   This year’s opening gala is crowned with the UK premiere of Before Snowfall, a thought provoking and poignant film about honour killing, by the multi-award winning director HishamZaman, who will also be attending the festival.

  Galawezh festival which would include the name of renowned intellectuals, writers and educated people worldwide, the cultural and literary works which have been received by the preparation committee of the festival, which consists of 31 researchs, 84 poems and 38 stories would demonstrate the importance of the festival for the intellectuals and writers. The festival shall be held in Sulaymani, at the Sulaymani Palas starting Nov. 21 to Nov. 25, 2013, the festival will include Iraqi, Kurds and international artists. PUKmedia

 In this year's edition Duhok IFF is showcasing a series of Special Screenings in addition to its main programme. One of them is dedicated to Taha Karimi with a selection of his films. Taha Karimi is among the most famous Kurdish filmmakers of our time who dealt with the political struggle of the Kurdish people in his works. Duhok IFF  is going to present Karimi's films “1001 Apples” and “White Mountain”.

  Recognising the vital importance of well constructed and developed screenplays for the enrichment of Kurdish cinema, the London Kurdish Film Festival is organising a competition to select the best entry for a screenplay for a feature film on a Kurdish theme.

WASHINGTON DC - Earlier this month, at the Virginia hospital where he has been in a life-and-death struggle for a month, I went to visit Khalaf Zebari, whose voice is known to many Kurds around the world from Kurdish-language broadcasts of the Voice of America (VOA). His wife Chiman, who was beside him at the intensive care unit, told me that doctors had told her he would not survive, and they should let him go. “No, I told them angrily,” she said. “I told them, ‘do everything you can.’”

 Sherko Bekas, the acclaimed modern Kurdish poet, died yesterday (4 August) of cancer. Son of the poet Fayak Bekas, Sherko was born in Sulaymani in 1940. He joined the liberation movement in 1965, working for the Voice of Kurdistan radio station until he was forced into exile in 1986 and he then returned to south Kurdistan in 1992.

  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9pMwx8I9hLY This spring and summer, National Geographic Young Explorer Julia Harte is traveling along the Tigris River from Southern Iraq to Southeastern Turkey, documenting ancient sites and modern communities along the river before they are transformed by the Ilısu Dam, an 11 billion-cubic-meter hydroelectric dam that will generate 2 percent of Turkey’s power. 

The ROJ TV trial in Denmark resumed at Copenhagen Municipal Court on Wednesday. The Court revoked the license of all satellite channels of Mesopotamia Broadcasting, including MMC, NUCE TV and ROJ TV. Three Kurdish channels were also punished by a pecuniary penalty of five million DKR. Speaking about the court's decision, journalist Amed Dicle said lawyers of the company would soon object to the decision.

Under the emblem "We ask for the implementation of Girona Manifesto on languages in our country", the 8th Congress of Kurdish PEN Centre was held on 18- 19/05/2013 in Amed (Diyarbakir),

  American Newspaper ,An independent Kurdistan is now more feasible than ever.Today, Iraqi Kurds have an autonomous Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG), a military with a civilian commander-in-chief, and modern state institutions. Kurdistan has attracted billions in foreign investment, and is the only place in Iraq where Westerners truly feel safe.

  The Kurdish case, which considered the biggest issue since founding the Turkish Republic till the day. Failur e to resolve the Kurdish issue will not only create an economical or social problems but will also weaken the regional geopolitical role of Turkey. In fact, the last Turkish governments have tried over the years to suppress the Kurdish uprisings and deny the existence of the Kurdish people in various ways, but could not satisfy itself nor the Turkish public opinion.

STOCKHOLM, Sweden – Due to her Kurdish looks, actress Aveen Ahmed has many times played the role of a young foreigner in Swedish films. The Swedish-born actress, 22, says that Kurds are now part of Swedish society and the roles she plays must reflect that. “We are a part of this society now. I was born and raised here, and I am a Swede,” she says.

 The Nashville Film Festival always draws crowds of movie buffs from around Middle Tennessee and the rest of the nation. But this year, organizers are welcoming a special contingent from halfway across the globe. Since 2008, the festival has used a grant to reach out to theNashvillecommunity. So the means were already in place when they got a special request from a very particular group:Nashville’s Kurds–the largest concentration of Kurdish immigrants and refugees anywhere in theUS—wanted to see the films of their people included in the schedule.

  WASHINGTON, United States  -  This is an abbreviated eulogy of Musa Anter (“Uncle Moses”) recently given to a group of Ohio University students in Athens, Ohio. It has been edited for Rudaw's Culture & Art page.  

  U.S. magazine: The Kurds enjoy relative peace and stability compared with the rest of the country An essay written by Joost R. Hiltermann and was published in the U.S. magazine Foreign Affairs in, pointed to the independence dream of the Kurds of Iraq and factors to achieve this dream. The title of the essay is “the Revenge of the Kurds”

      ERBIL, Kurdistan Region—With the withdrawal of the Syrian army from the cities and towns in Kurdish regions of the country, some Syrian Kurdish filmmakers in exile feel confident enough to return home and make movies.

  This month has been the most violent month since the Syrian revolution began in March 2011, with /13/journalists and media activists being killed in September2012, according to the Media Freedoms Committee in the Syrian Journalists Association, which is monitoring violations against journalists and media activists in Syria.   The number of journalists and media activists who have been killed in Syria has risento /78/ since March 2011.

  Bahman Ghobadi Kurdish Iranian director of Rhino Season film is in competition with Greek filmmaker Costa-Gavras for winning the 60th award of San Sebastián Film Festival in Spain. Rhino Season is an upcoming film by Iranian director Bahman Ghobadi. It is described as "a love story in context of the political changes from before the Iranian revolution to the present".  

  The United Nations refugee agency’s special envoy, actress Angelina Jolie, is touring a refugee camp in Jordan for Syrians who fled the civil war in their country.    The Hollywood star arrived on Tuesday morning in the Zaatari camp, which hosts about 27,000 Syrians displaced by the 18-month conflict. She met with Syrian refugee women separately and toured the sprawling tent city.In a speech during her visit, the actress thanked Jordan for accommodating the Syrian refugees.  

Duhok International Film Festival has first been held in cooperation with Berlin Kurdish Film festival in 2011. Meanwhile, the decision to have an annual International Film festival in Duhok was taken by the high committee of the festival. 

  Heval Sulaiman Miro- Turkey is experiencing serious difficulties in overcoming her systemic problems due to the bureaucratic nature of the political institutions that have been shaped since the creation of the Republic in 1923. As a result of these conditions, Turkey is increasing unable to keep up with the complex changing structure, needs, and demands of the Turkish society.

  A few weeks ago, the Syrian National Council (SNC) – the largest Syrian opposition group – elected Dr. Abdulbasit Sieda, a Kurd, as its new chief. Born in 1956 in the Kurdish town of Amude, northeast Syria, Sieda is a philosophy professor and prominent opposition figure, known for his political activism. He was one of the founders of the SNC, and as leader has emphasized the importance of unifying Syrian opposition groups against the regime of Bashar al-Assad. He picked up this theme in a conversation with Rudaw.

    Leyla the Kurdish Bride written by Gharbi M. Mustafa is a play about the Kurdish martyr,