British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) at the heart of London’s West End became home to the launching of the Kurdistan Memory Programme (KMP) and screening of the UK premiere documentary film ‘One Yazidi Family vs. ISIS’, directed and produced by Gwynne Roberts following its debut screening at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. The event also commemorated the 16 March 1988 chemical bombing of Halabja and the tragic events of ‘Anfal’, the Kurdish genocide. It was hosted by the Kurdistan Regional Government Representation in the United Kingdom, in collaboration with the KMP’s team and the APPG on Kurdistan Region on Thursday 14th March.
During his opening remarks at the launch, the Kurdistan Regional Government High Representative to the UK, Karwan Jamal Tahir stated that the Kurdish genocide began decades before the Anfal and has claimed countless victims and said: “ Ba’ath regime only committed crimes to destroy the Kurdish will and prevent them from exercising their democratic rights.” The KRG UK Representative also paid his tribute to victims and all fallen heroes that sacrificed and dedicated their lives to defend the Kurdish land.”
On the genocide recognition, Mr Tahir underscored the United Kingdom’s continuous efforts to recognize these acts as genocide. He urged the international community to secure international recognition for the crimes committed against the Kurdish nation as genocide. “We want to ensure such inhuman and cruel acts of terror will never happen again”, Mr Tahir added.
Gwynne Roberts, the Founder of KMP and Director of the film expressed his delighted to see a full house of notable and distinguished guests, and also to commemorate the tragic events of Anfal and Halabja. The KMP aims to document the Kurdish story for the world and receive such a strong response from a diverse international audience towards the Kurdistan Region.
the Kurdistan Memory Programme is a new national archive of modern Kurdish history that aims to record Kurdish history in sound and living colour, definitively documenting the unique voices of Kurdistan for future generations. From personal stories, including those who survived terrible persecution under the era of Saddam and those suffering the cruelties of ISIS today, emerge universal human truths and emotions.