by Stephen Lackey, contributor
This year NaFF has partnered with The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to present a very special section of the festival – the Celebration of Kurdish Films. The line-up of award-winning Kurdish films, panel discussions and a huge party, are all part of NaFF’s continuing initiative to bring world cinema to Nashville film lovers. With a total of 15 films shown as par
t of this event, there’s something for nearly every taste. Rhino Season is a romantic drama, Trattoria is a coming-of-age film set in a mafia movie formula, and Kick Off is an uplifting story about a group of people living in tragic circumstances coming together to put on a big soccer game. There’s also a selection of short films offering even more variety in scope and story.
NaFF Executive Director Ted Crockett talks about this inaugural event for the festival. “Festivals often try to have a celebrity as a pillar of the festival. This year, we wanted to create a pillar event that will engage Nashville’s Kurdish population. Our city is home to the largest Kurdish population in the U.S. and we are so excited to partner with the Duhok International Film Festival from Kurdistan for our incredible 2013 Celebration of Kurdish Film line-up.”
The three day event includes a party at Nashville’s War Memorial building where representatives of the Kurdish films and the Academy will come together to meet Nashville filmmakers and film fans. This party offers NaFF attendees the chance to share stories and learn about Kurdish culture through film over drinks and dinner. This event is not to be missed. Registration for the party is $35, which includes a full meal and a drink ticket. You can purchase party tickets and tickets for the movies and panels online and onsite at the box office.