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ZAGROS

Style: Feature Film

Genre: Drama

Year: 2017

Country: Belgium, Iraq, Netherlands

Language: Kurdish, Dutch

Duration: 102 min

Production: A PRIVATE VIEW, VIKING FILM, MAN'S FILMS PRODUCTIONS

Director: Sahim Omar Kalifa

Screenplay: Sahim Omar Kalifa,

Jean-Claude Van Reykegem

Producers: Drys Flipo, Jean-Claude Van Reykegem

Operator: Ruben Impens

Music: Rutger Reinders

Starring: Feyyaz Duman, Halima Ilter, Maaike Neuville, Aziz Çapkurt, Brader Mousiki, Suat Usta, Elvan Köcher

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SAHIM OMAR KALIFF

Sahim was born in 1980 in Zahu, Iraqi Kurdistan. In 2001 he moved to Belgium and studied film at the Brussels Film School of Sint-Lucas, from which he graduated with the short film Nan (2008). This short film earned him the same year a prize from the Flanders Audiovisual Foundation, which enabled him to write and direct his first professional short film, Country of Heroes (2010), for which he received the Jury Award of the 61st Berlinale (Generation). His subsequent short films Baghdad Messi (2012) and Bad Shooter (2014) were also festival favorites, and both were shortlisted for an Academy Award.

ABOUT THE FILM

Havin, the young wife of the Kurdish shepherd Zagros, is accused of adultery. She flees with her daughter Raikhan from Kurdistan to Brussels. Convinced of her innocence and confident that they can build a new life together, Zagros sneaks into the West to join them. Zagros' father follows him and manages to sow poisonous seeds of doubt about Havin's loyalty in his son's mind.

AWARDS AND NOMINATIONS:

  • Annone International First Films Festival 2018 - Audience Award

  • Duhok International Film Festival 2018 - Best Film Prize

  • Ostend Film Festival 2018 - Best Film and Best Screenplay

  • Ghent International Film Festival 2017 - Best Film Prize