The festival will celebrate Kurdish cultural heritage with film screenings, talks, music, food and an on-going exhibition sale of Kurdish clothing.
The Kurdish culture is being cultivated by Mesopotamian’s fertile soil in the Middle East for thousands of years now. This indigenous cultural heritage passed on generations after generations thanks to Kurdish traditions of oral history. The Kurdish oral history tradition manifests itself through eulogy, story, songs and the like. The dengbej, storyteller, sings what once singed to him. The second Kurdish Cultural and Film NYC festival will screen three documentaries to introduce this tradition.
The three-day Kurdish festival is dedicated to honor Kurdish civilians killed in Roboski Massacre. On December 28, 2011, the Turkish Air force jets bombed civilians and their animals, as they were en route from Iraq to smuggle tea, tobacco, gas, and the like. AKP government tried to use “terrorism” as pretext to justify the attack, and blamed the victims for their own deaths. The vicious attack killed thirty-four Kurdish breadwinners, whom majority of them were kids, the youngest one was twelve years of age. The festival will host filmmaker and journalist Umit Kivanc for a Q&A session after screening his documentary called “Do Not Cry Mother, I am in the (Heaven) Better Place”. The documentary illustrates the devastation of the Roboski Massacre.