INSIDE KOBANE – photo exhibition and documentary film screening

Open for viewing on 4 June 2015, from 5pm

Film screening and discusion starts at 6:30pm

District Six Museum Homecoming Centre,

Buitenkant Street, Cape Town

Cape Town-based journalist, photographer and independent documentary filmmaker Yazeed Kamaldien will showcase his photos and 23-minute documentary film INSIDE KOBANE in Cape Town on June 4.

Kamaldien traveled to Kobane, Syria, in March 2015 to uncover the humanitarian impact of global terror group Islamic State (IS) on the local population.

Kobane is a humanitarian disaster with countless homes and buildings destroyed in clashes as Islamic State fighters battled against Kurdish military and American-led coalition airstrikes.

Kamaldien travelled to refugee camps in Turkey, where Kurdish refugees displaced by Islamic State fighters have been seeking safety.

His photographs depict scenes from the Kurdish refugee camps in Turkey, as well as what Kobane looks like at the moment.

The film offers personal stories from Kobane, as well as interviews with officials on how they intend to assist refugees and help rebuild their lives.

Kamaldien says his intention is to raise awareness of the humanitarian situation. “My work often is about bringing to the public consciousness the stories of people who have suffered or are marginalized. I want to connect readers and audiences with these stories and people that they would perhaps never have encountered,” he says.

The photographic exhibition and film screening is supported from the District Six Museum as well as the Kurdish Human Rights Action Group who will be part of a discussion on human rights, displacement and the Kurdish plight after the film screening.

This event is on the same night as  First Thursdays that intends to expose inner-city creative efforts to the public.

For more information contact Yazeed Kamaldien on yazkamaldien@gmail.com or 082-682-2438.