In August 1914, the Ottoman Empire joined the Central Powers of Germany and Austria-Hungary in a war against the Allied Powers of Great Britain, France and Russia. Nine months later, its pasha leaders, Enver, Talaat and Djemal, fearing the revolt of Armenians under their jurisdiction, branded them as traitors and declared open season on murder.… Continue reading

  You are cordially invited to watch the acclaimed feature film ZER by award-winning Kurdish director Kazım Öz in two Washington-area theatres. Through the magic of an ancient love song, ZER celebrates the enduring friendship of a carefree American student with his dying Kurdish grandmother, while tackling the epic themes of love, freedom, identity, war… Continue reading

An ancient Kurdish love song came alive by way of a beautiful movie in New York City last month. A Kurdish grandmother sang it for her American grandson on a hospital bed in Manhattan. The remarkable film is Zer, which rivals Shakespeare’s tragic Romeo and Juliet with its heart-rending after-effects of true love sacrificed upon… Continue reading