Global Kurdish Film Festival Q&A with Director’s Sister Fehime Karimi and Consultant of 1001 Apples Homar Mohammad, moderated by Zanyar Muhammadineko.
1001 Apples Synopsis:
In 1988, the Iraqi Ba’ath party murdered and buried 182,000 Kurds in 350 mass graves. One of very few survivors, Faraj climbed out from amongst the dead and was taken to the USA by Human Rights Watch. To raise awareness of the genocidal massacres, he formed the Iraqi Mass Graves Survivors’ group.
This artistic and deeply moving film follows his return to Kurdistan, where, with four other survivors, he distributes 1,001 red apples and cloves as symbols of reconciliation and peace for families who had lost dear ones in the massacre.
Director Taha Karimi’s Biography:
Born in the Kurdish city of Baneh in 1976, Taha Karimi embraced film academia and the passing on of his filmmaking knowledge with the same degree of passion he brought to his productions. Among several industry bodies that he participated in were the Council of Iranian Youth Cinema and the Documentary and Experimental Film Centre in Tehran. A graduate of the Cinema and Theatre courses at Tehran’s College of Science and Art, Karimi applied an incisive narrative focus in a series of short films that highlighted social injustice and universal human truths, usually filtered through the Kurdish experience. His 2009 short, Oil The Cancer of My City, won the Special Jury Prize at Romania’s Alternative Film Festival.
“To me, Kurdistan is like an old, tired and injured mother; a broken-hearted mum full to the brim with stories and experiences,” Karimi has said. “Her heart is full of untold tales.”
On May 29, 2013, 37-year-old Taha Karimi passed away from injuries sustained in a car accident near the township of Slemani in South Kurdistan. He was nearing completion of a Master’s Degree in Art Research as well as being in post-production on 1001 Apples.