Cleveland International Film Festival } April 7 – April 20, 2021

Memories on Stone

Year: 2014
Run Time: 97 minutes

Memories on Stone
Memories on Stone
Memories on Stone
Memories on Stone

“In Kurdistan, filmmaking is not a job for sane men,” the character Alan explains to the crew of “Anfal,” a film-within-the-film depicting the Kurdish genocide of the 1980s. “Anfal” is the passion project of director Hussein Hassan, whose father, a film projectionist, was a victim of the genocide. But numerous glitches keep disrupting the production schedule. Against his better judgment, Hussein casts the Kurdish pop star Roj Azad as the male lead. While the flamboyant singer will surely secure an audience for the film, he has little talent or respect for Hussein’s artistic aspirations. Hussein also can’t seem to find an actress willing or able (most Kurdish women need a guardian’s permission) to play the female lead. And then Hussein and his crew discover they will need to smuggle their film equipment to the set. Yet, Hussein is determined to depict this tragedy for his family and for the Kurdish people. Both touching and endearing, Shawkat Amin Korki’s MEMORIES ON STONE portrays the cathartic capacity of film. (In Kurdish with subtitles) – E.B.

CIFF39 Screenings

Tower City Cinemas

Sunday, March 22, 2015 at 12:20 PM -
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Monday, March 23, 2015 at 6:15 PM -
Monday, March 23, 2015 at 7:50 PM

Tuesday, March 24, 2015 at 11:30 AM -
Tuesday, March 24, 2015 at 1:05 PM

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Shawkat Amin Korki

Born in 1973, Kurdish director Shawkat Amin Korki was forced into exile in Iran for 25 years before he was able to return to Kurdistan in 1999. He has worked in film, theater, and television, and his films have won numerous international awards.

"Crossing the Dust" (2006), "Kick Off" (2009), MEMORIES ON STONE (2014)

Mehmet Aktas

Mehmet Aktas, Shawkat Amin Korki

Salem Salavati

Ebrahim Saeedi

Principal Cast
Hussein Hassan, Nazmi Kirik, Shima Molaei

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