Zer (2017)

  • Feature, Fiction
  • 1h 50m

A story of a Kurdish song whispered to Jan’s ear on his grandmother’s deathbed. Zer is a cinematic journey into the beauty of Kurdistan.

A story of Jan and Zarife, an estranged grandson and grandmother. When Zarife is brought over to New York City for cancer treatment, they begin to know each other more during the course of her treatment. Jan goes on a journey to find the song that Zarife sang to him on her deathbed. As Jan traces back to the song, Zer, he finds himself in Dersim, Kurdistan, and amid the remnant of the massacre.

Directed by Kazim Öz

Kazım Öz was born in 1973 in Northern Kurdistan. Öz is known as a director, scriptwriter, editor, cinematographer, and producer of many awarded films. He started his career in 1992 working at Teatra Jiyana Nu as a director. During these times, he also became one of the founders of Mezopotamya Sinema and Yapim 13 film production. One of the first short films that Öz made was Ax - Land in 1999, which led him to shoot his first feature film, Photograph in 2002. The aftermath of this allowed him to gain recognition at the national and international levels. In 2005, Kazım won “The Best Documentary” prize with his first feature-length documentary film - Dûr (Far) in Nurnberg Turkey Germany Film Festival and in Ankara Film Festival.


Kazim Öz


Kurdish, Turkish, English


Albanian, Bulgarian, Czech, English, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Kurdish, Portuguese, Romanian; Moldavian; Moldovan, Spanish, Turkish


North Kurdistan, Germany, USA


Közfilm, NewaFilm

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