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Shawkat Amin KORKI

Shawkat Amin KORKI

Born in Iraqi Kurdistan in 1973, Shawkat Amin Korki and his family fled from military oppression in 1975, living in exile in Iran for 24 years. In Iran, and later after his return to Kurdistan, he worked in theater, television and cinema.

Korki wrote, directed and produced his first feature film, Crossing the Dust (2006), in Iraqi Kurdistan. It screened at the International Film Festival Rotterdam in 2007. The film won many international prizes, including the Best Director and NETPAC Awards at Singapore International Film Festival 2007.

His second feature, Kick Off (2009), won 12 international awards, including the Busan International Film Festival 2009’s New Currents Award and FIPRESCI Award. Memories on Stone (2014), won more than 15 international awards, including Best Film from the Arab World at the Abu Dhabi Film Festival 2014 and the coveted APSA UNESCO Award 2014. Memories on Stone (2014) was also the official Oscar Entry from Iraq that year.

All Shawkat Amin KORKI films


Memories on Stone

2014 / IRAQ / Feature / 98 min

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Shawkat Amin KORKI

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Kurdish childhood friends Hussein (37) and Alan (40) direct and produce a film about the genocide of Kurdish people in Iraq, the Anfal campaign in 1988.
They learn that to achieve veracity by the means of cinema and to face their own identity, it’s worth putting everything on the line - even their own life.

Crossing the Dust

2006 / IRAQ / Feature / 73 min

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Shawkat Amin KORKI

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The gripping story of two Kurdish soldiers, Asad and Rashid, who celebrate with their comrades the downfall of Saddam on 9th April 2003 before being ordered to take food supplies to another remote part of the country. As they hit the road, they come across a lost 7-year-old arab boy called Saddam crying at the side of a highway. They decide to save him and protect him until they find his parents. In the process one of them gets killed. Crossing the Dust is an absorbing portrait of the societal strains that began to emerge in the aftermath of the quest to topple the Saddam Hussein.

Kick Off

2009 / IRAQ / Feature / 81 min

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Shawkat Amin KORKI

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Around 300 families live in a former football stadium in Kirkuk in simple shacks. Under the Saddam Hussein regime they were forced to leave their home, now after their return, they don't have houses anymore. Asu lives here with his younger brother. He lost his leg after stepping on a land mine. To cheer him up, Asu decides to organize a football match.


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