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Hussein HASSAN

Hussein HASSAN

Hussein Hasan is a well-known director, writer and actor in Kurdistan. His first feature film, Narcissus Blossom (2006), screened at the Toronto International Film Festival 2006, and in the Panorama at Berlin International Film Festival 2006, winning the Amnesty International Film Prize. His second feature film as writer and director, Herman (2009), premiered at Busan International Film Festival 2009 and his third feature, Reseba: The Dark Wind (2016), opened the Duhok International Film Festival 2016. Among other awards, the film received the Cultural Diversity Award under the patronage of UNESCO at the Asia Pacific Screen Awards 2016, the Muhr Award for Best Fiction Feature at Dubai International Film Festival 2016, a FIPRESCI Award at Dhaka International Film Festival 2017, and was the official Iraqi submissions for the Academy Awards 2017. Besides working on his own film projects, Hassan is also successful as an actor, playing the leading role in well- received films Crossing the Dust (Shawkat Amin Korki, 2006) and Memories on Stone (Shawkat Amin Korki, 2014), and also in the official Iraqi submissions for the Academy Awards 2014, Mardan (Batin Ghobadi, 2014).

All Hussein HASSAN films

Reseba - The Dark Wind

2016 / Kurdistan(Iraq), Qatar, Germany / Feature / 89 min

Hussein HASSAN

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Reseba - The Dark Wind is the first feature narrative dealing with the genocide against the Yazidi people living in the Kurdish Shingal region through the so called Islamic State. The young Yezidi love couple Reko and Pero gets separated when the Islamic State attacks their village in the Shingal region of Iraqi Kurdistan. The terrorists murder many villagers and sell the beautiful Pero on a slave market. But Reko searches for his fiancee and finds her in Syria. They find shelter in a refugee camp but Pero is deeply traumatized and the future of their love is uncertain.