theme: Human Rights

As human beings, no matter where we were born, we were all born between the same sky and the same sea.
We all live with dreams and hopes like blossoming springs, warmed by the same sun filling the world with art,
poetry, books, films, dance and music, using the worlds’ best instruments – our hands, feet, eyes, ears, and voices.

We can use our art, poetry, books, films, dance and music to express our sorrows about the turmoil that the Kurds,
especially their language and culture, have experienced throughout history and are still experiencing. 

This year’s theme is a combination of our chain of thoughts with our reaction to the history of the Kurds and
our innermost rage against what’s happening in the world: Humanity closing their eyes and ears to the oppression
of rights in Kurdistan. Last year the UN and Portugal celebrated their 70th and 40th anniversary of adopting the
Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), which are constantly evolving to be more inclusive and transparent.
For example the Portuguese Government changed the expression from being men’s rights to Human Rights.

We call upon the UN and the Portuguese Government to support Human Rights in Kurdistan. 
The second Kurdish Film & Arts Festival in Lisbon will include a vast range of events, exhibitions and films honouring
Mario Nunes, Mehmet Aksoy & Yilmaz Güney.

Mario Nunes, a Portuguese young man, fought alongside the Kurds and YPG against the darkness of ISIS and was
martyred in Rojava in 2015. Writer and journalist Nuno Tiago Pinto, who wrote the book “Heróis Contra O Terror –
Mário Nunes”, will be present at the festival to talk about and sign his book. 
Mehmet Aksoy, a British-Kurdish filmmaker and activist, was killed by ISIS while covering the battle to retake
Raqqa in Rojava in 2017. 
We will be more than happy to welcome the mothers of Mehmet and Mário, who are sharing the same fate.
Due to portraying the regimes political oppression, the Kurdish film maker, scenarist, novelist, and actor
Yilmaz Güney, was persecuted by the Turkish Goverment and had to live in exile until his death in 1984.
Today, Güney is a symbol for the Kurdish resistance, culture and filmmaking.

We welcome your submissions!