Archive of films Memories On Stone / Memories On Stone

Iraq / Germany
2014, 93 min

Section: Horizons
Year: 2014

Film director Hussein would like to shoot a movie in his native Iraqi Kurdistan entitled Anfal about the military operation of the same name. In his visually sophisticated creation, the director works gently and effortlessly to bring together the Kurdish past and present, while investigating with sincerity and gracious humor the traumatizing events suffered by his nation.


Movie director Hussein would like to shoot a film in his homeland of Iraqi Kurdistan about the Anfal military operation of the 1980s that led to the murder of more than 182,000 Kurds. The viewer follows the entire crew’s efforts to achieve the goal of making the film despite the numerous problems that accompany the shoot. They are forced to struggle with inadequate financing, the mistrust of the local inhabitants, the exaggerated and inappropriate demands of a nationally-adored movie star, and to fight the disapproval of Sinur’s father, even though the young woman would love to take on the starring role.… Memories On Stone is a visually sophisticated movie in which the director gently and effortlessly brings together the Kurdish past and present, while investigating with sincerity and gracious humor the traumatizing events suffered by his nation. Korki entirely avoids sentimentality, offering instead a personal and vigorous look at Kurdish history and mentality.

About the director

Shawkat Amin Korki

Shawkat Amin Korki (b. 1973, Zakho) was born in Iraqi Kurdistan but was forced to live in Iran for political reasons until 1999. He has worked in theater, television, and film, and has shot a number of short and medium length movies: Balloons Fly (Seode badkonakha, 1997), Trap Door (Daricheh, 1998), When It Rains (Dema baran bet, 2000), Passage (Bazgeh, 2002), and Threat (Gef, 2005). His feature debut came with the road movie Crossing the Dust (Parinawa la ghobar, 2006), presented at the international film festival in Rotterdam. At last year’s Karlovy Vary fest, Kick Off (2009) screened in the Focus on Kurdish Film. His latest picture is Memories On Stone.


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About the film

Color, DCP
World premiere

Section: Horizons
Director: Shawkat Amin Korki
Screenplay: Shawkat Amin Korki, Mehmet Aktaş
Dir. of Photography: Salim Salavati
Music: John Gürtler, Özgür Akgül
Editor: Ebrahim Saeedi
Producer: Mehmet Aktaş
Production: Mîtosfilm
Cast: Hussein Hassan, Nazmi Kirik, Shima Molaei
Contact: Mitosfilm


Mehmet Aktas


Catharina Tews


Shawkat Amin Korki

Film Director

Hussein Hassan


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Sales Agent

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