About Me

That is the right side of my Red Room, with posters of my favorite films on the wall, and an autographed jersey from my favorite football player, Andres Iniesta :) © Karzan Kardozi

That is the right side of my Red Room, with posters of my favorite films on the wall.

Hi,

I’m Karzan Kardozi, a cinephile.  I keep this as my personal blog.

A few words about Me:

I usually write about Film and Cinema , but I will also be writing about Art in general, Music, Politic, Sport, and Cultures, I will be sharing my Film Diary, my Short Stories that I write as a hobby, and my Favorite Film List, with some personal notes my experience in Kurdistan. I write mostly in English, and therefore, this is not a Kurdish Blog, although from time to time, I post articles on this blog that I have published in newspapers and magazine on Films and Art in Kurdish.

Leave comments when you have something to say, love to hear it. You can always E-mail me at: TolstoynietzscheATyahooDOTcom

or Facebook.

Enjoy your stay…..

Karzan Kardozi

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116 thoughts on “About Me

  1. Dear Karzan Kardozi,

    I just wanted to thank you for your well written updates about Sulaimaniya. I’m checking it everyday and it is very usefull. Keep on the good work, and be safe.

    Cheers.

  2. Thank you so very much sir for a story of a PEACEFUL protest. So refreshing from what we are receiving in the
    West. I have posted it to my many cool friends on Facebook!
    Best Wishes!

  3. selam kak Karzan…. your blog is great… sometimes write with your own language by latini alphabeth….
    and i think protests in suleymanieh isnot good for your country’s future…

  4. Thank you so much for your day to day diary and photographs. Here in Britain we are not getting any news from your area so this is the only way we can find out what is happening. We are appalled to hear about the indiscriminate killings.
    When you feel like giving up; remember why you held on for so long in the first place. Good luck to you all and we hope you achieve what you set out to do.
    ‘Remember – Democracy is a means for the people to choose their leaders and to hold their leaders accountable for their policies and their conduct in office’

  5. Dear Karzan
    There is almost an end to any & every thing,even in these days they dry up the rivers,but they may not be able to dry the Oceans.Unjust is a dead Ally and Democracy is a way for a society to flourish in a health way.Dictators shall depart, hardly by will but mostly with force and always is the people that has the final word.Media always has been as a great weapon,glad to see that you are using your artistic talent in a right way.I love your blog , commend you & thank you for the great volume of the news and information.Keep up the good work.We shall over come.Bests

    Hey Youuuuuuuuuu???????
    If you tear my body limb from limb
    I will spring up again
    If you run a river of blood inside my body,
    I will become a flood.
    If against my overflow, you build a barrier,
    I will become a roaring lake.
    And tomorrow, Tomorrow I will destroy
    All of your inhuman barriers against the people.
    And I will join the surging ocean of the people’s uprising.

  6. Dear Karzan,

    I would like to share a few ideas with you as far as raising awareness and doing our part from Dallas, Texas. I wanted your insight on it, and we may be able to help each other. Can you please send me your email address as i couldn’t find it on your blog.

    Thank you in advance,

  7. karzan kardozi,

    consistent and patient people like you and the protesters in azadi square are those who make a peaceful revolution possible.

    keep writing and informing us who are not there.
    you are doing an excellent and important job.

  8. Karzan,
    You haven’t posted for nearly a week. Did the protests end? I hope you have not run into any problems. Let us know you are OK.
    Salaam,
    Judy

  9. mr.karzan
    wellcame back to our city (sulaymania) and galad to meet you in (persona center)
    i hope to succiss in your new project (time: ziro)
    we are waiting for your new suggestion, note, post, and other…

  10. kaka karzan …. your blog is great
    hywa darm bardawam by la nusyny aw babbata greatana .. barrasty to sarmayay bo natwakt
    har bzhy rez w xoshawystym bot …

  11. dastt xosh bram har bzhy hywa darm gsht babataka ka bllawy dakaytawa wary gerryta sar zmany kurdysh

  12. Hi Dear Karzan
    I have not real word to descibe you, You knew the sun shinning without saying anything, you a good example for a man to be
    We Solidarty have a good lockal for every individual to use for exhabition, meeting, and course for education, which can be used by anyone and it is free for everyone, you are very welcome if you you need it. my phon 0770 142 07 66

    Fouad

  13. hi karzan
    I tried mailing you, but the mail keeps coming back, so I will write here instead.
    I was wondering if I could share some of your post on a website about anfal.
    The website is http://www.kurd-anfal.com the site is not fully established since it needs more content, and I am working on that. The site is new and I am alone, so it will take some time to finish it, but there will be more content in the next couple of days.
    The idea for the site is for everyone to come and share their knowledge about anfal, and Hopefully this way we can create awareness about anfal.
    I have also created a facebook site http://www.facebook.com/kurd.anfal which has 136 followers, here 2 weeks after it was established.
    I have received a lot of support in and outside of Kurdistan, and some very prominent people who are working with creating awareness on anfal in western countries, have offered to help with everything they can, and I shall meet them in Kurdistan in july.
    My hope is for you to send me any material such as video clips and stories like the one “Hashem: Story of a Surviver from the Anfal Campaign” which we can add on the site. I have shared your link with the facebook followers, and I believe that the facebook site would be a great place for you to share your anfal post with us.
    The site is only about Anfal and has visitors from different countries and all post are in English.

    1. Kaka Choman, you are always welcome to share the story on your website, just give the credit when credit is due. There are countless and never ending stories about Anfal, one could on forever talking about it, if you are coming back to Suli in July, get in touch with me, we could chat, or e-mail at: TolstoynietzscheATyahooDOTcom

  14. Thank you Karzan, for all the wonderful writing. I keep coming back here to checkout your posts, especially your film recommendations. Wish in the future you could publish them as a book. Keep up the good work 🙂

  15. Dear Karzan,

    I have been looking over your blog for the past few hours, I only find great writings, thanks for sharing.

    Silvia

  16. Hello Karzan, I’m Alysia from NY. We meet a year ago in Barcelona at he UNESCO conference, remember we had a long chat from Hitchcock to Existentialism. I visit your blog regularly, keep up the good work.

  17. Hi there, you have a very interesting and informative blog here. I recently had a very enjoyable trip to Kurdistan and am now writing about my experiences and impressions of the place. would you mind if I include a link to your blog?

    1. Hi there,

      You are always welcome to link to my blog as many times as you want.
      I looked quickly at your blog, and I have to say; very impressive, especially your vivid description of Sulaimani, next time give me a shout if you ever come back.

      Cheers

  18. Dear Karzan,
    It is really a great blog. Kak Karzan, I need a Kurdish story or novel in English about child abuse in Kurdistan. Can you help me please.

    1. Dear Jasmine,

      I’ll be glad to help you, I don’t know if you speak Kurdish or not, I could get you in touch with a Psychologist who has dealt with abused children, he might suggest some books, the stories are real and not fictional, and they are in Kurdish, but to my knowledge, there are no Kurdish story or novel in English language dealing with child abuse, as a matter of fact, there are very, very few Kurdish fiction books translated into English. Send me an e-mail, the address is above if you are interested .

      Cheers

  19. Karzan,

    Love the site. I am looking forward to more things from you. It is refreshing to meet a man who is true to his word and to peace. My best wishes to you, your family, and your country.

  20. Hi Karzan! Thank you for following my fairy tale blog! You may want to also follow my new blog, Story Fairy’s Library, as I will not be posting much more on my fairy tale blog. You can get to my new blog at this address: http://thestoryfairyslibrary.wordpress.com/. I am currently posting all the old content from my fairy tale blog and my writing blog on it, and right now I am asking followers to tell me in comments which posts are their favorites and what they would like to see more of in the future. This will help me decide what my first new posts should be on Story Fairy’s Library, which will be a basic literary blog containing my writing and discussions of everything I read, including (and perhaps especially), fairy tales and children’s literature. It will have fairy tale retellings and such, too. Thank you, and take care!

  21. Beautiful to read about the legendary lines of Rumi as your theme! Its great to come across people all round the globe and meeting you here is as well wonderful! Thank you for being on my blog!

  22. When the first things I see on your page are one of my favourite quatrains from Omar and reference to Rumi you can be sure I would stay and explore. Thank you.

  23. Thank you for your Follow on my blog. I’ve just wandered around your blog a little and look forward to spending more time reading. Again – thanks for the Follow. Be blessed.

  24. I’m very pleased and honored to have a chance to know you through your blog. I haven’t spent much time reading here yet, but just knowing you’re out there making the most of life as you can, will be a silent source of solace and encouragement in my life.

  25. Ps. To me red rooms are amazing. I know that if I had “rooms,” red would be the last color I would choose because it would have to be the room that said, “Stop, to see my passion.” I haven’t yet aligned with my passion. I’m delighted to see a glimpse of your red room. Here’s to red rooms. Cheers!

    1. Beside Red being my favorite color, another inspiration for the design was of the room was the red color of the interior in Ingmar Bergman’s Cries and Whisper, after watching that film, I wanted to have a room like that where your imagination is free to explore…

  26. Hi Karzan! 🙂 You have a great collection of movies here! Happy to be following your film diary 🙂 Oh and thanks for subscribing to my blog! 🙂

  27. Hi Karzan,

    It’s very nice to meet another aspiring filmmaker on here. Do you have a Youtube or Vimeo with some of your shorts? I would love to watch, and from the looks of your page? I can tell your not just another Cinephile already. Pleasure to meet you. 🙂

    1. Thanks. Unfortunately, I do not have any of my short films on the web, if I ever upload them, I will link it to my blog. There are few documentaries that I worked on that could be found on the web.

      1. Karzan,

        I understand. Uploading my work was a project in and of itself. But you should sometime, you’ll find it encouraging. I’d love to take a look at the documentaries, if any of them are in English, dubbed, or subtitled. If you’d like to share that is… 🙂

  28. Thanks for visiting my blog! I love the movies, too and I have fond memories of going to the movies with my dad as a young child. I’m going to look into the movies you listed as your faves for 2012!

  29. Thank you for following my blog PhotographerPainterPrintmaker. What a vast number of films you’ve reviewed here. Some I’ve seen. Many I’ve not seen. I will be looking at your recommendations. Cheers!

  30. I love this quote “Observe the wonders as they occur around you. Don’t claim them. Feel the artistry moving through, and be silent.” Who is it by?

    1. It is a poem by Jalal al-Din Muhammad Rumi, a Persian Sufi of a poet, it goes like this “Observe the wonders as they occur around you.
      Don’t claim them. Feel the artistry moving through, and be silent.” His poem are very beautiful and spiritual.

      Here a few in English, although poetry should never be translated, as they lose their souls in translations.
      http://www.rumi.org.uk/poetry/

  31. Excellent blog Karzan! Your passion for cinema really shines through in your writing and thank you for taking the time to follow my blog, greatly appreciated. Keep up the good work.

  32. You have a very beautiful blog! Very artful and thoughtful – I enjoyed looking at your recommended films – I will definitely consider viewing them when I can. Best, Kartika

  33. Nice blog!
    I see you like more demanding movies than just Hollywood productions.
    Emir Kusturica is always a good choice. And French movies always surprise. I wish I had more time to sit down and watch, yet time lacks nowadays.

    Greetings!

    1. Thank for that recommendation! Hollywood productions are all too often simply formulaic nonsense! Yet, there are still some good ones that come along. I did a review for Ocean of Pearls – loved it. Have you seen it. Kartika

      1. Old Hollywood had many filmmaker making personal films, unfortunately, nowadays, it is all about the business of making money, but I do agree with you there comes along some filmmakers who still manage to make personal films; Malick, P.T. Anderson, etc. I have not seen Ocean of Pearls.

  34. “The Moving Finger writes; and, having writ,….moves on”. I read the Rubaiyat ages ago and this is the one passage that stuck in my mind. Great to find another soul who loves the arts. Thank you for following my blog. I’ll follow back. In case you’re interested, I have another blog that delves deeper into art: http://www.eveonalimb.com

  35. Thank you for following my blog.Yours is very interseting especially regarding Kurdistan and i look forward to reading your posts and learning more. I am thinking of visiting Erbil once i have accumilated all the information i need.

  36. I read your review of “Tabu”. I don’t know how to say it, but I want you to understand that I know your contribution to the history of film and of mankind is very important. Thank you. I’ll be back.

    1. Thanks you for your kind words, Tabu is my favorite film of 2012, that is why I only have praise for the film. I don’t know about mankind, but if I could share my thoughts and emotion with one person, to encourage them to experience what make humanity beautiful; that of experiencing high Art, then I think I have achieved what I set out to do in writing this blog.

  37. Hi!
    Thanks for following my blog – it’s great to know that my small ramblings of Kurdistan have interested you enough 🙂
    As you will have gathered, I have not visited much of Kurdistan, but there is so much possibility for me to do so with my job… and I am very excited about it. Kurdistan is a beautiful country and the people (those whom I have dealt with) are all wonderful!

    Great job on your blog 🙂

  38. I’m inspired by how many films you’ve watched over the last year! If you had to recommend one (or, maybe three would be fairer) that you would say people *must* watch, which would it (they) be?

    1. It is a challenge to choose only three films among so many, but at this moment, to name three films (I will make it 7 to be lucky) that I consider to be favorite will be:
      The Crowd (King Vidor, 1928)
      By the Bluest of Seas (Boris Barnet, 1936)
      Tokyo Story (Yasujiro Ozu, 1953)
      Johnny Guitar (Nicholas Ray, 1954)
      Vertigo (Alfred Hitchcock, 1958)
      Pierrot Le Fou (Jean-Luc Godard, 1965)
      Stalker (Andrei Tarkovsky, 1979)

      Any other day, another seven films could take their place…..

  39. Karzan,

    Thank you for time time to visit my blog and find it worthy of a follow.
    I am discovering your blog, and the Film reviews are of a great interest to me 🙂 I hope to discover some hidden gems

    Cheers

    Sameer

  40. Karzan, Thanks for visiting my blog and following it. I am an avid film critic as I attend the annual Seattle Film Festival and love your detailed posts on film and your experience with each picture. I will definitely come to visit and follow your journeys. Cheers!

  41. Reading your film list, I noticed Amour which I liked. I recently saw The Wall and it stayed with me for days. Thanks for checking out and following my lifestyle blog Bmore energy. 🙂

  42. Karzan, Greetings from Lake Superior/Michigan in America. I came across your site and would like to ask you a question. You have viewed thousands of films and certainly have learned some tremendous teachings about life from them. If you had $100,000,000 to produce a film what would YOUR film be about? It would be interesting to get a review from you on your greatest movie YET to be made. What would you want the audience to feel? Would you try to change the world into a better place for all people? Would the film be powerful enough to literally change life on Earth for this generation and all generations to come? I would think that your expression/vision of the yet to be made greatest film in history could reach your readers in a way that the film would actually get MADE. Can you see what I mean? Is there any possibility that there are men or women on Earth NOW that have the vision of a possible film that would surpass the intensity and power of any and all previous films ever made?
    Thank you and I hope you and all your readers are doing well.
    Jerry

    1. Dear Jim, mankind had always desired to find eternal peace and create new visions for a brighter future through creativity, and the noblest among man’s creativity is Art, but history has proven tragically that humanity desire the basis elements of life in order to survive, therefore Art has always been on the background as a force of change, for it target more of individual than collective groups, as much as I wish that a Film or a work of Art can change the world into a better place, but I”m a skeptic of that, but it can change an individual for a better one, and that should be the aim, to change one soul at time, and even if in the future I do not make a film for such aim, there are already many a films made that can enlighten the souls, and I do my best to inform and share it with others.

  43. Karzan,
    Perhaps documentaries would be the avenue to affect good changes on this Earth. Documentaries which cover the topics of offshore tax haven scandals exposed by those at icij.org (International Consortium of Investigative Journalists), corruption at the World Bank exposed by former attorney at the World Bank Karen Hudes, or the dangers of GMOs by those who produced “Genetic Roulette”. The truth of geopolitical events exposed by John Perkins in his book “Confessions of an Economic Hitman” could easily be turned into an important documentary. People everywhere can produce important documentaries with inexpensive Canon video cameras. Etc….
    Thank you,
    Jerry

      1. Karzan,
        It took a lot of courage for John Perkins to do what he did. We need more men and women to develop such courage. This courage will change the world. It IS changing the world.
        Thank you for that documentary. Very powerful film.
        Jerry

  44. dear Karzan,
    Your blog is outstanding! You write with such sensitivity! You have a heart of gold! I have nominated you for LIEBSTAR BLOG AWARD!

    TO COPY THE AWARD PHOTO, here is the link:

    As usual there are several rules in accepting the Liebster Award– they are:

    1. Accept the award, post the picture of the Liebster Award on the top of your post and say who nominated you for the award and list their blog site.

    2. List 11 random facts about yourself.

    3. Nominate 11 other bloggers for the Liebster Award and list their blog sites.

    4. Notify the bloggers of their award.

    5.Ask the award winners 11 questions to answer when they accept their Liebster Award.

    6. Answer the questions left for you by the blogger who gave you the award.

    My Nominations of 11 other bloggers for the Liebster Award and their blog sites:

    [Please note: The chronological order has nothing to do with beauty–or wonder—each are BEAUTIFUL in their own way and should all be #1 ! I just wanted to be sure to follow the rules and award 11, so I numbered them! (smile)]

    1. http://tuesdayswithlaurie.com Laurie’s blog offers helpful understandings of who you are and how to BE your best self as well as stories of the heart.

    2. http://simonmussell.com Simon presents to us deep reflections about how we live, why we live, what we live, and how we can live better…choices.

    3. http://daylighttune.wordpress.com Yoshiko and Hikari Yori have jointly written a beautiful blog of insightful reflections of daily life and the presence of Jesus in their lives by a husband and wife.

    4. http://beebeesworld.wordpress.com Beebee is a versatile blogger, who writes poetry and weaves her family’s experiences in and our of her lovely postings! She writes about nature and real life. She is also a photographer with a keen eye for the subtleties of life.

    5. http://sachemspeaks.wordpress.com This dear author, Sachem, shares with us his Native American heritage, specifically the Eastern Woodland American Traditional Native People. The stories he speaks of are so beautiful and take my heart to a simple way to live life, close to Mother Earth and to the heart of people. It also speaks of the harsh history of our ancestors and the horrible treatment of his people. This blog will give you an honest perspective into the lives of Sachem’s people and could only lead us all to more respect for the Native Americans and help us to all love one another.

    6. http://davesjourneyandadventure.wordpress.com David Eugene’s blog provides useful information about healthy vegetables, nature and the world! He travels and is engaged in life…very interesting blog!

    http://davesjourneyandadventure.files.wordpress.com/2012/11/david3.jpg?w=70&h=111

    7. http://victoria-writes.com/ Victoria is an aspiring author for Young Adult literature (if I understood the YA correctly!) who is on the way to great success. Her blog is refreshing to read and her mood is light, ambitious and happy! Her joy is felt in her words and her determination is to be admired!

    8. http://seraphim6.me This is a delightful blog of writing and photography, and in the author’s own words, “having fun.”

    9. http://secret-cities.com/ OR http://inherit-the-earth.com Kieran Meeke presents a traveler’s heart’s delight without leaving the comfort of your home. He is the author of several sites and is a travel writer and editor….what more could we ask for?! The London blog presents us with photographs and a bit of history with each. The “Inherit the Earth” blog takes us to Africa, Australia, the Middle East—everywhere on the globe! Enjoy!
    Kieran in Syria, 2009

    10. http://personsofpassion.wordpress.com This woman writes with such passion and heartfelt sensitivity towards so many! Her writings and poetry are beautiful and penetrate deep into your heart!

    11. http://themovingsilent.wordpress.com Karzan Kardozi is a sensitive writer and photographer from Iraq. The first story of his that caught me deeply was Thalassemia: Shadow of Death. This story moved me because of the sensitivity in which it was written about the family that he came to know over time and the suffering of the family from the generic disease. Karzan writes with his heart! Karzan’s main focus is on films and cinema–his reviews are so interesting to read! But even more profound that all that he writes, is the documentary that he is working on and that should be known around the world: Halabja Documentary: Nasrin’s Story.

    Congratulations, Karzan! I hope you accept this award! I have found the awards so meaningful…it is an honor to receive recognition from a fellow blogger and, more importantly, it encourages one to read other blogs and introduces us to such talented creative people! I think the awards help to strengthen the Writing Community here on WordPress. Congratulations!

    11 questions from me to respond to with your acceptance of the Liebster Award (or choose 5 of the 11):

    1. What is the first thing you do in the morning?

    2. What is your best quality and draw us a portrait of yourself in writing or a poem.

    3. Which is your favorite meal of the day…breakfast? lunch? dinner? and describe it.

    4. What do you enjoy most in life?

    5. If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?

    6. What do you “see” when you write? What is the your writing process?

    7. Why are you a blogger?

    8. What is the most important lesson you have learned in your life?

    9. What is your greatest fear and how do you work through it?

    10. If you could meet any person in the world, who would it be and why?

    11. What do you imagine life to be like after death?

  45. Dear Karzan, thank you for this beautiful blog, please write as often as you could, I love reading your posts

  46. Alexandra

    I accidentatly opened your blog and for more than 3 hours can not get away. Amazing!
    I immigrated from the USSR to the USA in 1990, right before Soviet Union collapsed and I’d missed most of the agonies my friends and family went through. Life in the USA is not easy, but relatively safe, only this is a whole new story and maybe later I’ll try to write a book or something.
    Three things attracted most of my attention in your blog:
    1. You (what an interesting person you are)
    2. Your country. (I can not wait to start googling all info about you country)
    3. Your amazing collection of Russian movies, many of them weren’t available to us during the communists. I’ll try to find and watch them.

    Thank you,
    You are an amazing human being!

    1. Thank you Alexandra for your kind words.
      I always been in love with Russia, maybe it goes back to my teenage years and the influence of Russian literature, especially; Tolstoy…

      PS: Tonight Sochi Opening Ceremony was simply amazing, especially the ballet dance from War and Peace….

  47. This is really weird because I too absolutely love love love marco and future boy conan (Adnan w lina ba kurdy lol) and omg…that younger picture of yourself that you put up next to a picture of marco – you look exactlyyyyyyy like me when i was younger oh my god! I swear i had to look twice to make sure it wasnt me lmaoo

    ps great job overall, keep it up!!!

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