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I Want to Live

Stories of Kurdish Refugees from Syria who are living in refugee camps in Kurdistan. The film was shot on location and takes place during the Syrian civil war and the ISIS attacks on Kurdistan. The story is told through the eyes of a young boy named Shndar, who has Thalassemia disease. He searches for immediate treatment while living as a refugee, leaving his home due to ethnic and religious hatred. The film depicts daily life within and outside of the refugee camp. A character study that explores themes of life, death, war, peace, and tolerance.

  • Karzan Kardozi
    Director
  • Karzan Kardozi
    Producer
  • Karzan Kardozi
    Editor
  • Hama Qader
    Assistant Director
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Feature
  • Genres:
    Documentary
  • Runtime:
    1 hour 46 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    October 11, 2014
  • Production Budget:
    400 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    Iraq
  • Country of Filming:
    Iraq
  • Language:
    Kurdish
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    Yes
  • Student Project:
    Yes - University of Central Lancashire
Distribution Information
  • Karzan Kardozi
    Distributor
    Country: Worldwide
    Rights: All Rights
Director Biography - Karzan Kardozi

Karzan Kardozi was born in Kurdistan and left with his family in 1999 due to war and conflict. They settled in Nashville, US, where Karzan pursued his passion for film directing. He graduated from Watkins College of Art, Design & Film in 2010 with a degree in Film Directing and Cinematography. In 2015, Karzan went back to Kurdistan to make a documentary film titled "I Want to Live" about the lives of Kurdish refugees from Syria with a limited budget of only $400. In 2023, he wrote, produced, and directed "Where is Gilgamesh?", a film noir based on the Epic of Gilgamesh. Independently produced with a small budget and only seven crew members, the film was shot on location in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq.

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Director Statement

"I Want to Live" was filmed in five days, with a crew of only two, myself as the director, producer and editor, and Hama Qader as Sound recorder, with a budget of only $400.