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Iraq: 'Something that raises our spirit' - Domiz refugee camp welcomes Duhok International Film Festival05:20

Iraq: 'Something that raises our spirit' - Domiz refugee camp welcomes Duhok International Film Festival

Iraq, Duhok
December 3, 2022 at 12:19 GMT +00:00 · Published

The 9th Duhok International Film Festival screened the participating movies for the first time in Suz Conference Hall in the territory of Domiz camp for Syrian refugees in Duhok on Friday.

Footage shows a group of musicians performing before the screening of festival film and dozens of refugees watching the film on a big screen in the conference hall.

The director of the movie hall in the Domiz refugee camp, Adel Abdel Rahman explained that reason for choosing immigration as the theme of the festival is that 'in a week or a month more than a hundred people drown or die on the way to reach a safe life'.

"This camp is all refugees who left their homes and lands, and our theme is about immigration, so we wanted to share their grief with them in this festival," Adel Abdel Rahman said.

One of festival attendees, refugee Kirin Mustafa Ajou shared her emotions upon the event.

"My feeling is sweet. It is not absolute happiness, but it is a nice feeling to feel that we are part of the country, part of the place in which we have been residing for more than ten years. And this facilitates the process of integration and acceptance of the other, and we have become a component of the components of Kurdistan and Iraq," she said.

Another Syrian refugee Ahmed Shweish stressed he have not seen a movie in the cinema 'since he was young'.

"This is something that raises our spirit, and is very beautiful. And a generous gesture from the Ministry of Culture to display these films and the suffering of the refugees through them, and that they have designated the Domiz camp to display them," he said.

The 9th Duhok International Film Festival kicked off in Kurdistan Region of Iraq and is planned to continue until December 8.

Domiz camp which is located in the Kurdish province of Dohuk in northern Iraq hosts more than 69 thousands of refugees, whose majority is from Kurdish areas in Syria.

Iraq: 'Something that raises our spirit' - Domiz refugee camp welcomes Duhok International Film Festival05:20
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The 9th Duhok International Film Festival screened the participating movies for the first time in Suz Conference Hall in the territory of Domiz camp for Syrian refugees in Duhok on Friday.

Footage shows a group of musicians performing before the screening of festival film and dozens of refugees watching the film on a big screen in the conference hall.

The director of the movie hall in the Domiz refugee camp, Adel Abdel Rahman explained that reason for choosing immigration as the theme of the festival is that 'in a week or a month more than a hundred people drown or die on the way to reach a safe life'.

"This camp is all refugees who left their homes and lands, and our theme is about immigration, so we wanted to share their grief with them in this festival," Adel Abdel Rahman said.

One of festival attendees, refugee Kirin Mustafa Ajou shared her emotions upon the event.

"My feeling is sweet. It is not absolute happiness, but it is a nice feeling to feel that we are part of the country, part of the place in which we have been residing for more than ten years. And this facilitates the process of integration and acceptance of the other, and we have become a component of the components of Kurdistan and Iraq," she said.

Another Syrian refugee Ahmed Shweish stressed he have not seen a movie in the cinema 'since he was young'.

"This is something that raises our spirit, and is very beautiful. And a generous gesture from the Ministry of Culture to display these films and the suffering of the refugees through them, and that they have designated the Domiz camp to display them," he said.

The 9th Duhok International Film Festival kicked off in Kurdistan Region of Iraq and is planned to continue until December 8.

Domiz camp which is located in the Kurdish province of Dohuk in northern Iraq hosts more than 69 thousands of refugees, whose majority is from Kurdish areas in Syria.