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YAR (یارسان)

In a part of middle east in eastern and northern Kurdistan lives a group of people who have their own religion and perform their prayers and worship god using tanbur. Tanbur is an old musical instrument that has its own special ritual of crafting. Yar talks about the process of crafting the Tanbur and how it is used for religious ritual of the Yarsans.

  • Aram Hassan
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Short, Student
  • Runtime:
    22 minutes
  • Country of Origin:
  • Country of Filming:
    Iran, Islamic Republic of
  • Language:
    Kurdish, Persian
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  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
    Yes - the university of Sulaymaniyah (Fine Arts college) film production
Director Biography - Aram Hassan

Aram Hassan Abdullah, born on June 17th 1992 from a Kurdish family in Sulaymaniyah, Iraq.
He liked working in the media from his childhood and started working at the age of 12 as a graphic designer in a local TV station. At 15th of age he started working in an Arabic TV called (Al-Huria) as an editor and later as a photographer.
He has done various works including Arabic documentary films, music videos (as director and cinematographer), and started working as chief of documentary branch in NGO organization, and the goal of this organization is making an archive of Kurdistan’s culture and heritage (which includes all the religious and ethnicity minorities), in hopes of recording national identity of Kurd and all of the minorities of Kurdistan who all share a similar history
Aram Hassan Abdullah has produced a number of documentary films in east and north of Kurdistan on social traditions, like: sulaymaniyah’s bathhouses (2011), documentary film Sarab (2009), documentary film The Yezidians (2017), documentary film Garida (2018), Living together (2019), etc…
Nature is a part of Aram Hassan Abdullah’s life, so as a photographer he has always captured nature’s landscapes. Then to be more academic, he starts studying in the university of Sulaymaniyah (Fine Arts college) film production branch and graduates in 2020. His latest work is the documentary film (Yar), which tells the importance of tanbur in Yarsanism.

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