UKH Alumni Among Winners of Headway Short Film Festival

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0n 27th Jan 2020, the Headway Program launched the “Headway Short Film Festival” that presented a number of short films produced by young Syrian refugees, Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) and host community members in Erbil, Sulaymaniyah, Duhok and Nineveh.

Launched in February 2019 by The United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and the UN Human Settlements Program (UN-Habitat) and funded by the European Union’s (EU) Regional Trust Fund (MADAD), the program aims at strengthening the long-term resilience of governorates and populations affected by the refugee crisis and IDPs in Iraq.

Ayar Rasool, Aheng Ashti, Gashawa Kawa, Shalaw Majeed and Lawn Hanna (all UKH Alumni), won a prize for “Best Technical Showing” with a short film entry “The Cycle of Trauma” in the event which was attended by H.E. Nechirvan Barzani, President of the Kurdistan Region of Iraq and Founder of the University of Kurdistan, along foreign representations in KRI, INGOs and NGOs.

The Cycle of Trauma is an educational documentary that tackles issues of mental health and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) that are common amongst middle eastern societies and more precisely in war torn areas. Highlighting the fact that war doesn't just leave physical damages, it has its toll on the human state of being and mental wellbeing as well.

“I am proud to be part of this festival which has highlighted vital contemporary issues in our society. Winning the price for Best Technical Showing will certainly keep us motivated to produce more films that reflect the facts in our society” said Shalaw Majeed, UKH alumni and Multimedia Producer at UKH’s Public Relations, Media and Communications Department.

The festival was comprised of four categories based on topics chosen by the program that is addressing the challenges facing Iraq and Kurdistan societies. The total entries reached 50 short films. The topics include Rebuilding post conflict communities, women’s role in social recovery, youth unemployment, and life through your own lens. In each category, three films were chosen to be awarded for “Best Story”, “Best Creative Concept” and “Best Technical Showing”.

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