I used to believe that people are only born once, but now I feel I have been reborn, like I was given a new life. I see myself as a child, full of energy and hope.
In Kurdistan, theres a lot of hardship - a lot of wars, a lot of bitter and difficult lifestyles. And witnessing all those made me a director.
I always loved music, and I always wanted to make a film about it, but I could never do it because of the censorship that was around.
You need a team that speaks your language.
For me, its better to live without looking over your shoulder, worrying about who is controlling your phone, maybe poisoning your food.
Im free - but Im also not free because there are millions of young people living in Iran. A filmmaker can only do a little.
I had no education in filmmaking. I started with a 8mm camera. I made 34 films, and little by little I gained more experience in filming.
I love music, I make films with music, I eat with music, I sleep with music, I think with music. Music makes me dream, it strengthens my creativity.
Actually, the only thing I regret is not making more underground films and bringing them with me as historical documents.
I use humour a lot. My foundation is tragic, but my appearance is humorous.
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