Memories on Stone

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    Memories on Stone

    Bîranînên li ser kevirî

    Directed by

    Iraq, Germany, Qatar


    97 min

    • Arabic
    • Farsi
    • Kurdish


    Iraqi submission for the Academy Awards

    Following the fall of Saddam, two Kurdish childhood friends, Hüseyin and Alan, decide to make a film about the 1988 Kurdish massacre during the Al-Anfal operation in Iraq. What they learn from the process of making this film is that they have to risk everything including their lives in order to reach the truth through cinema and confront their own identities.


    • UNESCO Award - Asia Pacific Screen Awards
    • Best Director - Cinedays Skopje



    Hussein Hassan
    Nazmi Kirik
    Shima Molaei
    Suat Usta
    Salah Sheikh Ahmadi
    Mehmet Aktaş
    Shawkat Amin Korki
    Salem Salavati
    Ebrahim Saeedi
    John Gurtler
    Özgür Akgül

    Director's Statement

    For me, making this movie was almost like making two movies at the same time, because it is a film about filmmaking. There are so many broken souls left trying to grapple with the remains of Iraqi history. This is what we wish to relay through our protagonists in MEMORIES ON STONE and why it’s crucial for us to bring this story out into the open.

    Shawkat Amin Korki

    Shawkat Amin Korki


    Now there is nowhere to show this film. The cinemas are all destroyed and the people don't want to gather together any more anyway. It is too dangerous.

    Born in Iraqi Kurdistan in 1973, Shawkat Amin Korki and his family fled from military oppression in 1975, living in exile in Iran for 24 years. During his years in Iran, and later when he returned to Iraqi Kurdistan, he worked in theatre, television and cinema. His short films have been presented at several international festivals, winning awards. Korki wrote, produced and directed his first feature film, CROSSING THE DUST (2006), in Iraqi Kurdistan; which won many international prizes, including Best Director and NETPAC Award at Singapore International Film Festival 2007. His second feature, KICK OFF (2009), won twelve international awards, including the Busan International Film Festival 2009 New Currents Award and FIPRESCI Award. His third feature, MEMORIES ON STONE (2014), won fifteen awards internationally, such as Best Film from the Arab World at the Abu Dhabi Film Festival 2014 and the Asia Pacific Screen Awards 2014 UNESCO Award. Nowadays, he lives and works in Erbil, Iraqi Kurdistan.