Groundbreaking story of Kurdish exile premieres at Refugee Week’s Film Festival

 

  

 

MEDIA RELEASE

For Immediate Release

June 16, 2009

---- Interviews available ----

 

Groundbreaking story of Kurdish exile premieres at Refugee Week’s Film Festival

June 16th, 2009

 

 

The moving new documentary Kurdi premiers next week as part of the Refugee Week Scotland Film Festival at Glasgow Film Theatre on June 16th.

 

Kurdi is a collaboration between Peri Ibrahim and acclaimed documentary maker Doug Aubrey (Victim of Geography, Louder than Bombs, A Different Pitch and See You in the Next War) and the product of an intensive six years of work.

 

Sparked by his experience covering the murder of Firsat Dag in Glasgow’s Sighthill in 2001 for Channel 4 News, Aubrey set out to tell the tale of those seeking asylum in Scotland. He met exiled Kurd Peri Ibrahim (pictured above), and would go with him back to a newly liberated Kurdistan in 2004.

 

Doug Aubrey said: “In an attempt to simply fit in and assimilate in the western world – and in the UK particularly after 7/7 - a lot of asylum seekers and refugees won’t talk. Kurdi is a film about one of these people in search of a past, a present and, even though we didn’t know it at the time, a future…”

 

Interviews with Doug Aubrey and Peri Ibrahim (both based in Glasgow) are available by contacting Marie Olesen (the film’s producer) at Autonomi, 0141 357 7288 or marie@autonomi.tv

 

More images also available. Contact Clare Harris/ Karin Goodwin, Media and Communications Officers

0141 223 7927, 07734 030 763

media@scottishrefugeecouncil.org.uk

 

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Notes to Editors

 

  1. For the full Refugee Week Scotland 2009 Programme go to http://www.scottishrefugeecouncil.org.uk/Ref_Week_Prog

 

  1. Refugee Week Scotland is coordinated by Scottish Refugee Council, www.scottishrefugeecouncil.org.uk and is a partner event with Homecoming Scotland.

 

  1. Refugee Week is a UK-wide programme of arts, cultural and educational events that celebrate the contribution of refugees to the UK, and encourages a better understanding between communities. Refugee Week 2009 will take place from 15th to 21st June.

 

  1. The purpose of Refugee Week is to deliver positive educational messages that counter fear, ignorance and negative stereotypes of refugees, through arts, cultural and educational events that celebrate the contribution of refugees to the UK, and promote understanding about the reasons why people seek sanctuary.

 

Refugee Week was first held in 1998, and was created in response to the increasingly negative perceptions of refugees and asylum seekers held by the general public in Britain. It remains the only UK-wide event that promotes the importance of sanctuary and the benefits it can bring to both refugees and host communities.