Dispatch from Nashville Film Festival

Last week, I had the privilege of taking our documentary short film, Little Kurdistan, back to Nashville to screen for a local crowd as part of Nashville Film Festival. We previously screened the film as part of Cucalorus Film Festival in Wilmington, North Carolina, and Oxford Film Festival here in our own home town. In addition to two packed screenings, I was able to participate in Q&As about the film and the filmmaking process led by programmers of the festival.

Most audience members were local to Nashville, yet many were unaware that Nashville is home to the largest population of Kurds in North America. In fact, many asked immediately after both screenings where they could go to try the Kurdish food featured in the film. It was incredibly fulfilling to see our work out in the world serving as a catalyst for folks to seek out interactions with Kurdish Nashvillians.

Many thanks to the amazing programmers, volunteers, and crowds at Nashville Film Festival for the opportunity to bring this film home. If you haven’t already, check out Little Kurdistan below. And next time you’re in Nashville make sure to take a drive down Nolensville Pike to experience it for yourself.