Ethnic Minorities in Spotlight at Hong Kong Asian Project Market

Variety | 3/18/2019 | Naman Ramachandran
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Historically, ethnic minorities around the world have suffered, and 2019 sees no change in this regard. A brace of HAF projects highlight some of the problems faced by them.

From Iran, Arsalan Amiri’s horror/black comedy “Zalava” is set in a village terrified by demonic possession, where a young, agnostic police officer arrests challenges local beliefs by arresting an exorcist on fraud charges when he claims to capture an invisible demon.

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“Zalava,” which is the name of the village where the film is set, is informed by Amiri’s experience as a member of the Kurdish ethnic minority in Iran. “Middle East nations cannot escape the burden of thousands of years of religions and belief, and remain trapped in wars, killings and hatred with no hope for possible solution for peace,” says Amiri in his director’s statement. “I want to depict this agonizing dilemma in my film.”

“Nahid,” written by Amiri and Ida Panahandeh, who also directed, won the Avenir Award at Cannes’ Un Certain Regard in 2015. The pair also collaborated on 2017’s “Israfil” and Hong Kong-Japan co-production “The Nikaidos’ Fall,” executive-produced by Naomi Kawase, which is a selection at this year’s Hong Kong Intl. Film Festival.

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