Private Project

Red Land

On March 16th, 1988, Saddam Hussein’s regime led a chemical attack against the people of Halabja that resulted in over 5,000 deaths. Though past trauma often defines the city’s identity, the region also boasts a rich history of pomegranate cultivation, as home to the largest orchards in the region. Red Land starts the pomegranate on its journey from the fields to the markets and dinner tables of Kurdistan, a potent symbol of Halabja’s natural beauty and the resilience of its people.

  • Pshtewan Kamal
    Small Paradise, Not For Sale, Laughter and Forgetting
  • Pshtewan Kamal
  • Pshtewan Kamal
  • Azad Mohammed
    Key Cast
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    سه‌رزه‌مینی سوور
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Short
  • Runtime:
    25 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    January 15, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    500 USD
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Director Biography - Pshtewan Kamal

Babakir is filmmaker, archivist, and translator who works as a primary investigator for Kashkul’s art archive and the liaison for Ismail Khayat, the 2017-2018 artist in residence. He has acted in a theatrical adaptation of Sherko Bekas’ book-length poem Now a Girl is My Homeland. He has directed, produced, cinematographed, and edited documentaries and his Red Land and Not For Sale have been screened in the film festivals around the world. Babakir managed Cinema in SulyOn and started DidiMn, two Kurdish cultural websites in Iraqi Kurdistan. His writings and translations have appeared in World Literature Today, On the Seawall and Loch Raven Review. He graduated from the American University of Iraq, Sulaimani in December 2016 as an IT and Web Development Major with a Minor in English Literature.

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