Filmfest 2018

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Zagros, a Kurdish shepherd, enjoys a happy life with his family in the mountains of eastern Turkey — until the day when relatives accuse his wife, Havin, of having an affair. When Havin flees to Belgium with their nine-year-old daughter, Zagros follows them, believing in her innocence. Arriving in the West, however, he is plagued by doubts.

tags: Family, Society, Cultural Conflict, Love, Feature film

Cast: Feyyaz Duman, Halima Ilter, Daria Hachem Mohamed Gulli, Brader Musiki, Suat Üsta


Screenplay: Jean-Claude van Rijckeghem, Sahim Omar Kalifa

Director of Photography: Ruben Impens

Film Editor: Dorith Vinken

Composer: Rutger Reinders

Production Designer: Philippe Bertin

Costume Design: Kristin Van Passel

Sound: Alek Goosse

Producer: Dries Phlypo, Jean-Claude van Ricjckeghem

Production Company: A Private View

Co-Producer: Marleen Slot, Marion Hänsel

Co-Production Company: Man's Film Productions, Viking Film

World Sales: Global Screen GmbH

Director: Sahim Omar Kalifa


Kurdish director Sahim Omar Kalifa, born in 1980, studied film while working as an interpreter in Brussels. His graduation film NAN (2008) won an award, enabling him to write and direct the professional short LAND OF THE HEROES (2010), which in turn earned him a jury award at the Berlinale in 2011 in the category Generation Kplus. Both his subsequent shorts BAGHDAD MESSI (2012) and BAD HUNTER (2014) were festival darlings as well and ended up being shortlisted for the Academy Awards. Sahim's shorts have been shown at 250 festivals and have taken home a total of 97 awards. ZAGROS is his first feature-length project.