CAST & CREDITS
Directed by Cory Concoff and Jano Rosebiani
Jano Rosebiani was born and raised in Zakho, in the Southern region of Kurdistan. Under Saddam's tyrannical regime, Rosebiani's family joined the Kurdish mass uprising and took to the mountains, later becoming refugees in the U.S. During his college years, he made experimental videos for public access television. His feature debut, Dance of the Pendulum (1995), is a low-budget comedy parodying sexploitation in Hollywood. Jiyan (Life, 2002), his first Kurdish film shot in the U.S./U.K. protected region of Southern Kurdistan, depicts life in Halabja following Saddam's chemical and biological attack that took 5,000 lives. Jiyan toured festivals worldwide, winning the Special Jury Award, New Director's Showcase, at the 2002 Seattle International Film Festival, the Best Film "Man and his Environment" Award at Portugal's 2002 International Film Festival, Festroia. It also received the 2002 In The Spirit of Freedom Award, In Memory of Wim Van Leer, at the 19th Jerusalem Film Festival.