Kurdish documentary film wins in European film Awards

The 64th Krakow Film Festival rewards the young Kurdish actress Runa with Special Mention as the protagonist of Trees are Silent.  
Runa and her family (Photo: Kurdistan 24)
Runa and her family (Photo: Kurdistan 24)

ERBIL (Kurdistan24) - The international competition of the 64th Krakow Film Festival was between May and June 2024. The Kurdish documentary film The Trees Are Silent won side by side 40 outstanding Polish documentaries and short films.

The Trees Are Silent presents a touching, sympathy and saddening atmosphere of a Kurdish teenage girl Runa and her family that crossed the Polish-Belarusian border and attempting to find a safe place in a European country. It is said through Runa’s animated drawings, the audience can discover more about her.

Runa, the underage child, fled with her family from Iraq to avoid the attacks of ISIS. She and her family, would reach the Polish-Belorussian border before arriving in Poland. Then going through more hardship, her mother dies, she would take up her mother’s place, and started to look after her dad and siblings.

Being a child herself, she’d care of her four younger brothers and father. The film follows their uncertain fate. According to the festival’s team views, the teenage girl is given discernibly role, that is an ordinary and extraordinary girl at the same time lives very complicated circumstance.

The film is by Agnieszka Zwiefka and Tomasz, it is over 30 Minutes, was available for viewing in the late May and early June in Krakow's art-house cinemas, as well as online on KFF VOD.

The Deputy Mayor of Kraków, Stanisław Mazur, and the KRG Representative in Poland Ziyad Raoof were among the participants in the festival.

The judges were from the United Kingdome of Great Britan, Netherland, Poland, Romania, Switzerland, Norway, Portugal, Slovakia, Spain and Germany.

This documentary film is presented in the national and international competitions. The attendees were from Poland, France, Iran, Germany, Spain, Tanzania, Cyprus, Algeria, Mauritania and Kosovo.

The 64th KFF will continue to celebrate cinema until 16 June 2024 online.