Carry My Voice, a Strasburg Film Festival documentary, is about the division of Kurdish lands after World War I.

The film’s focus is on Syria and Turkey borders and how these new borders have affected the lives of Kurdish people. This separation still impacts the Kurdish people today. Seyrane, was secretly communicating behind the border of Turkey with a man who became her husband.

Her husband was living in Syria for keeping in touch with the couple that was recording their voice to the audio cassettes.

They then threw these audio cassettes from the Turkish border to the Syrian border for sharing their emotions.

After Seyrane passed secretly from Turkey to Syria, she married Salih (her future husband). Seyrane, communicated with her brother at the Turkish border after she moved to Syria for marriage. Her brother was currently living and working in Germany and his goal was to connect with his sister and give her financial assistance. The purpose of the aid was to help her visit her family in Turkey. Seyrane, consistently dealt with the separation of her family and she aimed for a time when the borders were open and free.

Director Biography – Hasan Demirtaş
Hasan Demirtas received his BA from Marmara University in Istanbul. His shorts got awards from the Film Festivals and participated international Film Festivals including Cannes Film Festival. Demirtas graduated from Documentary Media MFA at Northwestern University.
Director Statement

“I am a Kurd from Eastern Turkey. Seeing and listening unbelievable stories from people inspired me to be a documentary filmmaker. Telling real stories of people will help people understand each other because telling stories is the best way to introduce a community to the World. Kurds are the largest oppressed ethnic population in the world without their own country. We have had many of our basic rights taken away. This gives me, and other Kurds, a unique perspective, and experience.

Our culture, our films, our language, our music was all forbidden.

WWI left the Kurdish people split across several countries and deprived them of their own homeland. Almost a century later, they still deal with the consequences of artificially set unfair national borders and political turmoil separating entire families. Seyrane, a real character in the movie, secretly communicated with her husband across the Turkish-Syrian border. Kurdish people still suffer from the presence of the unfortunate artificial borders and I hope to make people around the world aware through this documentary.”

The official schedule along with the film guide will be released Sunday, September 9th. At that point, you can buy a wide variety of passes/tickets to the film festival. All proceeds of the event will go to the Shenandoah County Public School’s theatre programs.
Prices will range:
– $30 for the full three days
– $10 dollars for one day
– $4 for one session

It’s best that you follow us on one of our social media channels so you don’t miss as we feature a new film each day leading up to the festival, which is November 9-11.