A half-destroyed football stadium in Kirkuk, the Kurdish North of Iraq, is the principal setting of the latest film by Shawkat Amin Korki. Here some 300 refugee families are living together, waiting for life outside the stadium to get back to normal again. Asu, an idealistic young man, arranges a football match between the Kurdish and Iraqi boys of the camp, hoping to cheer up his younger brother.

Iraq 2009
Regie: Shawkat Amin Korki
81 min, 35mm, Farbe, OF mit dt./frz. UT

Only the Dead Return Home

Over one million Kurds live as political refugees in exile in Europe and many of them can never return to Turkey as they would be imprisoned immediately. But Kurdish freedom fighters are also prosecuted as terrorists in various EU countries. This film portrays these Kurds and shows places to where they can never return. It displays a movement of liberation, inspired by democratic, multi-ethnical and feminist ideals, and the fight for the Kurdish language and culture

A/IRQ 2015
Regie: Tina Leisch, Ali Can read more


Bagdad, 2003, nach dem Angriff der USA auf den Irak: Hassan, ein Dokumentarfilmer, will einen Film über seine Heimatstadt und das Leben ihrer Menschen drehen. Das Film-Material dazu stammt aus den Lagern des ehemaligen Kulturministeriums; Hassan hat es auf dem Schwarzmarkt bekommen. This is the first feature made on location in Baghdad after the fall of Saddam Hussein, made with the help of many friends and volunteers and with scarcely any budget. Underexposure, a title that refers not only to the outdated film stock that was used to make the film, but also to the generations of Iraqis that have been isolated from the world. read more