Black Horse Memories

Original title: Bîranîna hespa reş
International title: Black Horse Memories
Type: Fiction

CAST
* Berrak Tuzunatac…………………Zaria
* Dimen Zandi…………………………Aseke
* Senay Aydin………………………….Anahita
* Vildan Atasever…………………….Vian
* Aziz Capkurt…………………………Elias
* Bilal Bulut……………………………..Khezr
* Maryam Bobani……………………Aseke’s Mother
* Tara jaff……………………………….Hahmaran
* Sevval Sam………………………….Nurse

CREW
Director: Shahram Alidi
Screenplay: Shahram Alidi
Director of Photography: Ashkan Ashkani
Editing: Hayedeh Safiyari
Music: Kayhan Kalhor
Sound Recorder: Ahmad Salehi
Sound Mixer: Hossein Mahdavi
Set & Costume Designer: Shahram Alidi
Make-Up: Sudabeh Khosravi
Excutive Producer: Ro Oguz
Production Manager: Hossein Beshgard

Producer: Shahram Alidi
Co-Producer: Manish Mundra

Production Company: Shahram Alidi Film Production
Co-Production Company: Drishyam Films

With the support of :
▪ Zal production ▪ Municipality of Mardin

Shooting format: Full HD
Screening format: DCP/24 FPS/2048*1080
Sound: Dolby 5.1
Ratio: 16:9
Original version: Kurdish & Turkish
Subtitled in: English or & French
Running Time: 90min
Year: 2015

Fiction – colour – 90min – 2015 – Iran/Turkey

Synopsis:
A group of young people are trying to teach Kurdish in Turkish Kurdistan, a land where the teaching of the language is forbidden by Turkish authorities. Part of their work is to print clandestine schoolbooks in underground schools and distribute them. One of the girls in the group, Aseke, is killed on a mission and her friends decide to carry out the final request she made in her will. She had been brought up with a black horse, now in the remote Anatolian mountains, and her request is to bring the horse back so that they might meet one last time before she is buried. The arrival of the horse leads to some unexpected events.

Director’s statement:
One’s mother tongue is an essential part of one’s identity. In Turkey, where the film takes place, the teaching and even the speaking of Kurdish at school is strictly forbidden. From their very first school day Kurdish children are faced with a foreign language far removed from their mother tongue, depriving them of a key element of their heritage. The struggle against this injustice often leads to violence.
But as well as the violence man might unleash there remains our love of nature and the animal world. In this movie it is through a black horse that we learn about the other side of violence and the effects this violence has on the animal kingdom. The fragile equine world contrasts with the murderous turmoil of the Middle East in crisis.

Festivals:
*-20th Busan International Film Festival, South Korea. October 01-10, 2015, Competitive « New Currents » section
*-2nd Brisbane Asia Pacific Film Festival, Australia. November 19-29, 2015. « The Colours of Asia Pacific » section
*-15th !f Istanbul International Independent Film Festival, Turkey. February 18-28, 2016. « !f Inspired Competition » section
*-4th Duhok International Film Festival, Kurdistan Region, Iraq. September 9-16, 2016.
‘Kurdish Features Competition’
*-Slemani International Film Festival, Kurdistan Region, Iraq. October 1-4, 2016. « Competition » section
*-9th Kurdish Filmdays « Sercavan » Vienna, Austria. November 24-27, 2016.

Award:
*Winner of: *Special Jury Prize* at Slemani International Film Festival, 2016