The Road to Diyarbekir
THE ROAD TO DIYARBEKIR focuses on the Kurdish musician Ciwan Haco and his double-life in the small Swedish village Gävle where he lives a quiet life with his wife and kids. There he is nobody, just another asylum seeker in the cold, snowy landscape. Not many people know that he is a superstar and a living legend in his home country. Like a Kurdish Bob Dylan, Haco sings his beautiful lyrics about peace and understanding before an enormous crowd going crazy for his performance of Kurdish pride and soul. After being refused to sing in Kurdish territory for decades he is finally invited to his hometown, Diyarbekir in 2005. Over one million people attended the concert and the touching scenes from this happening constitutes 1/3 of the film. THE ROAD TO DIYARBEKIR is not just a portrait of an artist, the film touches existential questions about a refugee’s search for identity in a foreign world.
Zaradasht Ahmed is a Kurdish film maker who has lived in Norway since 1995. He has studied TV and multimedia production at the University in Stavanger in addition to his prior working as an artist and journalist. His last film FORFULGT (2008) is a strong encounter with Mansur Rajih, a writer and fighter for democratic rights in Yemen. Ahmed started working with VEIEN TIL DIYARBEKIR after he ran into Ciwan Haco in Stavanger in 2005. Zaradasht Ahmed is now working with a new film, FATA MORGANA, which is about the refugees in the port of Tanger and their hopes and dreams of a better life.