Memories on Stone
Fall Grant 2012 - Production Stage
Current project status: COMPLETED
‘You have to be crazy to make a film in Kurdistan.’ So says one of the characters in Shawkat Amin Korki’s clever and engaging ‘Memories on Stone’, about fictional film director Hossein Hassan’s attempt to make ‘Anfal’, a story about the genocidal campaign waged by Saddam Hussein on the Kurds of Iraq. And indeed, this film-shoot-within-a-film is persistently plagued by Murphy’s Law – ‘anything that can go wrong, will go wrong’ – as the director and his crew battle a lack of funds, an egotistical pop star, in-family conflicts and even trigger-happy border guards in order to get their film made. They are driven by their passion to preserve their history – but will that passion be enough to get the film on the big screen?
Amin Korki very nimbly walks the line between comedy and tragedy in his third feature film. He maintains a light tone for the main thrust of his narrative, occasionally straying into moments of wonderful physical comedy and romance. But the film’s buoyant structure never forgets its dark and heavy cargo, and the story is repeatedly punctured by reminders of the Anfal campaign. At its core, ‘Memories on Stone’ is a powerful demand that the victims of Saddam’s ethnic cleansing be honoured, and that their terrible fate never be forgotten.
- Shawkat Amin Korki
- Shawkat Amin Korki, Mehmet Aktaş
- Mehmet Aktaş
About the Director
Shawkat Amin Korki is a Kurdish director and producer living and working in Iraqi Kurdistan. Korki gained international recognition in 2006 with his debut feature film 'Crossing the Dust'. 'Memories on Stone' has been Korki’s greatest success till now being the official Oscar entry from Iraq. The film was awarded the UNESCO Prize at Asia Pacific Screen Awards and Best Film of the Arab World at Abu Dhabi Film Festival.
Production Company Profile
mîtosfilm is an independent production company based in Berlin and Erbil. We produce fiction and documentary films that are of high artistic quality and that tell authentic, personal stories. Our co-productions aim to address cinema viewers all over the world, and our main goal is to build a cultural and artistic bridge between Kurdish and European cultures, thereby creating new, fruitful relations among them. The results are interesting and meaningful films that bring a special sensibility toward the past, present and future of culture, and that make use of the full potential of those filmmakers who grew up, live and work between these two worlds.
Awards and Festival History
Santa Barbara International Film Festival 2015 (USA)
Göteborg International Film Festival 2015 (Sweden)
Tromso International Film Festival 2015 (Norway)
Asia Pacific Screen Awards (APSA) 2014 (Australia)
Brisbane Asia Pacific Film Festival 2014 (Austr
Won Best Film from the Arab World at Abu Dhabi Film Festival 2014 (UAE)
Won the Unesco Prize at the Asia Pacific Screen Awards 2014 (Australia)
Won Best Director awardat Cinedays Skopje,Festival of European Cinema 2014 (Macedonia)