10 months ago
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”.