Q&A | Kae Bahar | No Friends But the Mountains & Return to Kirkuk: A Year in the Fire (2021)

  • Q&A
  • 22min

Global Kurdish Film Festival Q&A with Director Kae Bahar, moderated by Sehriban Suyur.

No Friends But the Mountains Film Synopsis:

An insightful personal tale from Kae Bahar, a Kurdish asylum seeker who explains how many wars and the ever-growing refugee migration from the Middle East are powering the call for an independent Kurdistan. Kae endured torture under the regime of Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein and was forced into exile in 1980. Several brothers and their families followed in 1996. Today, 20 years later, the refugee exodus is even more dramatic.

Return to Kirkuk: A Year in the Fire Film Synopsis:

After living in exile for twenty-five years, Kae Bahar returns to his native town of Kirkuk.

It was 47 years ago that a young Kae Bahar was arrested and tortured by Saddam Hussein’s secret police, his only crime being that he was Kurdish. After 25 years in exile, Kae is now a British citizen, has returned to his childhood home to vote in Iraq’s first democratic election. Kae asks the people of Kirkuk if they accept the path promoted by the West: A path that will inevitably lead to a divided Iraq or bloody civil war.

Director Kae Bahar Biography:

Kae Bahar is a Kurdistan-born British multi-award-winning producer, writer, and director, He has worked internationally as a documentary filmmaker. In 2003, he obtained a BA in Film and Media, at Birkbeck College, London. Kae published his first novel, Letters from a Kurd, in the UK in 2015. He has produced several documentary films for Channel 4, BBC, and Al Jazeera English. And his latest, No Friends but the Mountains, was distributed by Journeyman Pictures.