THE DENIED YAZIDI FESTIVAL - The voice and future of the Yazidis




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Published on Oct 5, 2014

Directed by prof. Emanuela C. Del Re -

Lalish Temple, the main Yazidi religious place, during the Jazhna Jamaye, the most significant Yazidi Festival. October 2013 Iraqi Kurdistan

Due to serious threats following terrorist attacks that had taken place in Iraqi Kurdistan in previous days, the Jazhna Jamaye, the most signficant religious festival of the Yazidi, ancient, peaceful and consistent minority in Iraqi Kurdistan, has been canceled by the authorities for security reasons. Out of the thousands of Yazidi from all over the world expected to gather in Lalish every October, in 2013 only a few hundreds have participated in the festival. Although the Rituals have been celebrated, and the spirituality of the event has pervaded the place, the Yazidi have suffered for the cancellation of the event. In this unique and exclusive documentary the Yazidi share their thoughts about their life and values, providing a deep insight in the world of a little known community. They also talk about their fears for the future: a prelude of the tragedy that is taking place today in August 2014, with the Yazidi risking a new genocide.


Prof. Emanuela C. Del Re is a well known expert in geopolitics and conflict studies, minorities, immigration and refugee issues. Specialist in the Middle East, Balkans, Caucasus. Full Professor of Political Sociology at the University of Rome, and expert of Visual Sociology. She has carried out field work researches in conflict areas since 1990. Author of numerous essays and books, documentaries. Chair and Founder of EPOS Intl. Mediating and Negotiating Operational Agency. Leader and Creator of MY FUTURE project for the Syrian Refugees.


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