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Minstrels of the Sacred Mountain2nd Kurdish Film Days Munich 2024

An old man holds a tanbour, a Kurdish plucked instrument, in his hand and plays it.
Copyright: Münchner Symphoniker

Directed by Farid Elhami, the 20th direct descendant of Sultan Ishaq of Yarsan (Kakaei), this film documents the history of one of humankind’s oldest instruments, the tanbur*. Associated with a treasure trove of myths and rituals, this instrument can fall back on a rich repertoire of music and songs. Played mainly by the Kurds, the tanbur is a symbol of the painful history of the most oppressed minority in at least four Middle Eastern countries.

Directed by Farid Elhami, the 20th direct descendant of Sultan Ishaq of Yarsan (Kakaei), this film documents the history of one of humankind’s oldest instruments, the tanbur*. Associated with a treasure trove of myths and rituals, this instrument can fall back on a rich repertoire of music and songs. Played mainly by the Kurds, the tanbur is a symbol of the painful history of the most oppressed minority in at least four Middle Eastern countries.

*The tanbur is a plucked, long-necked lute with frets and two to five strings, whereby the highest string can be doubled.

 

Eastern Kurdistan/Iran 2022, documentary, 41 minutes, Kurdish with English subtitles; directed by Farid Elhami

 

Following the screening there will be a discussion with the film’s director, Farid Elhami, and a musical performance.