Global Kurdish Film Festival Q&A with director Soran Mardookhi for his documentary Forgotten Chords & Turbulence, moderated by Sehriban Suyur.
Forgotten Chords Synopsis:
During the Safavid and Ottoman era, forty thousand Kurds were resettled by the King of Persia from Anatolia to the north-eastern frontiers of the Persian Empire. Today, over two million Kurds live in Khorasan with their distinct language and cultural identity. Their folk music in particular is intertwined in the fabric of their history and identity, so much so that the efforts of various rulers over the centuries to erase their culture and language have been in vain.
Sherzad, a former electrical engineer from Kurdistan, tries his best to lead a normal life in his adopted country of Canada. His estranged young daughter, Jina, numbs herself with drugs in order to forget her bitter past, even amongst the misfits. Jina and her father both have to resort to desperate measures to deal with their situation.
Director Soran Mardookhi’s Biography:
Soran Mardookhi is an international writer-director and a cinematographer based in Vancouver. With a lifelong passion for film, he has spent the last 20 years on film sets, working in many different facets of film production internationally and in Canada. He has directed diverse projects from feature films and documentaries to TV shows and commercials. His films have been screened and recognized at multiple international film festivals.