I would like to invite you to see the film ZER by the
Kurdish director Kazim Öz. The film that
has already won a number of awards at various festivals. Come and see the
charming Oriental road movie, full of beautiful sceneries of mysterious
Kurdistan. The story of finding one’s own roots and old family secrets.
Zer is the story of a New Yorker Jan and his Turkish
grandmother Zarife who see each other for the first time when Jan is already
grown up and Zarife arrives in the US for a lung-cancer surgery. She leaves
John a song in Kurdish, a song about a girl called Zer and a shepherd, a song
about a great love. Jan, after his grandmother's funeral, is on his way to
Dersim, Kurdistan, to the place where, in 1938, thousands of Alevish Kurds were
massacred by the Turkish army. During this journey, he finally finds the song
but in first of all he finds himself - as a descendant of a girl who once
survived the Dersim massacre.