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Who Are We?
Prod./Script/Dir./Dir. of Phot.: Susan Kornalijnslijper, Edit.: Jan Langeveld,
Cast: Sivan Perwer
The film is about Sivan Perwer, the Kurdish protest singer who has lived in exile in Europe for over 30 years. With a breathtaking voice and strong stage presence, he sings political lyrics in Kurdish. He is one of the living symbols for Kurds worldwide and his songs are still widely banned. Alongside the concert footage, there are scenes of life inside and outside of Kurdistan. The film also focuses on a number of Kurds, who have been strongly influenced by his music. Dutch filmmaker Susan Kornalijnslijper travelled with Sivan Perwer for 5 years to make this documentary: not so easy in occupied Kurdistan where, she noticed, there seem to be lots of men wearing sunglasses, even when the sun isn’t shining!
Susan Kornalijnslijper has graduated from the Dutch film and Television Academy in Amsterdam in 1996, with a documentary about refugee woman, titled Not Recognized. She was an advisor for several student documentary filmmakers. She is a teacher in social and political sciences for youngsters. Her debut is with the documentary “Who Are We?”
Who Are We? (2007)