Road to Kurdistan

“Road to Kurdistan allows us to travel along as a culture navigates between boundaries,
forcing us to question where freedom resides—within us or among us.”
— Margaret J. Krauss, Intelligent Travel

This moving documentary takes the viewer on a road trip into the heart of the Kurdish soul. Fo’ad, a talented student musician, travels to Iraq from Iran, looking for new opportunities for his Kurdish band in Suleimaniya. His fellow travelers on this at times dangerous journey are the filmmaker’s aging father and aunt. The Vaziris are keen to explore Suleimaniya’s rich past and pay tribute to one of Kurdistan’s famous women poets: The late Mastoureh Ardalan. On the bus, Fo’ad enchants his fellow travelers with his soulful music and warm voice. As the group’s small bus navigates the many checkpoints and borders, it becomes clear that love of Kurdish culture and music is what brings the travelers together. Road to Kurdistan examines the re-emerging cultural roots between Iraqi and Iranian Kurdistan after the fall of Saddam and the opening of the Iran-Iraq border.

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About the Filmmaker:

Persheng Sadegh-Vaziri is an award-winning independent filmmaker and educator, born and raised in Tehran, Iran. she received her BA from Trinity College in Hartford, Ct., and an MA in Cinema Studies from New York University. Currently she is completing her doctoral studies at Temple University. She works for Link Television series Bridge to Iran and on documentary programs that promote understanding of Iran, including Cinema Encounters in Tehran and Conversations in Tehran. She has worked for Deep Dish TV on a 12-part series about the war in Iraq, which was broadcast on PBS and has been shown world-wide in museums, art houses and universities. It was included in the 2005 Whitney Museum Biennial.
Her personal documentaries are about Iran and her relationship to the country she left as a young person, the upheavals of revolution, the Iran-Iraq war and years of difficult history with the US. Her work has shown widely in museums, art houses, universities and on television. They include Road to Kurdistan, 2011, Women Like Us, 2002; A Place Called Home, 1998; Far From Iran, 1990; Journal from Tehran, 1987. Her work is distributed by Women Make Movies and Arab Films.