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PROJECT The Exam (HD / color / 100 / Kurdistan (Iraq), Germany, Japan) NO 6
PRODUCTION mîtosfilm
PROJECT STATUSScript Development
Born in Iraqi Kurdistan in 1973, Shawkat Amin Korki and his family fled from military oppression in 1975, living in exile in Iran for 24 years.
During his years in Iran, and later when he returned to Iraqi Kurdistan, he worked in theatre, television and cinema. His short films have been presented at several international festivals, winning awards.
Korki wrote, produced and directed his first feature film, Crossing the Dust (2006), in Iraqi Kurdistan; which won many international prizes, including Best Director and NETPAC Awards at Singapore International Film Festival 2007.
His second feature, Kick Off (2009), won twelve international awards, including the Busan International Film Festival 2009 New Currents Award and FIPRESCI Award. His third feature, Memories on Stone (2014), won fifteen awards internationally, such as Best Film from the Arab World at the Abu Dhabi Film Festival 2014 and the Asia Pacific Screen Awards 2014 UNESCO Award.
Nowadays, he lives and works in Erbil, Iraqi Kurdistan.
Born in 1966 in Igdir, Turkey, Mehmet Aktas is a Kurdish film producer, author and journalist living in Berlin, Germany. Aktas is founder and CEO of the Berlin based production and distribution company Mitosfilm; well known for young Turkish, Kurdish, Iraqi and Iranian cinema with political and socio-critical aims. Aktas achieved success as a producer on films including No One Knows about Persian Cats (Bahman Ghobadi, 2009), Apres la Chute (Hiner Saleem, 2009), Memories on Stone (Shawkat Amin Korki, 2014), and Reseba - The Dark Wind (Hussein Hassan Ali, 2016). Aktas additionally wrote, in collaboration with the directors, the screenplays for Memories on Stone (Shawkat Amin Korki, 2014) and Reseba ? The Dark Wind (Hussein Hassan Ali, 2016), as well as with director Hisham Zaman for his second feature film, Letter to the King (Hisham Zaman, 2014). Aktas has won several awards for his screenplays.
Rojeen (20) has already failed her exams twice to enter university in Erbil. If she fails again, her father wants her to marry. Her older sister, Shilan (24), knows what′s at stake, since she is married to Sardar, who has broken his promise to let Shilan continue her studies after marriage. Shilan therefore helps Rojeen to cheat on the exams by buying the correct answers. They contact Mohandes (35), who is selling the exam answers. Students will be connected via mobile phone and mini Bluetooth headphones to someone who will read the correct answers to them. The procedure costs several thousand dollars. By seeking ways to cheat on the exam, Shilan and Rojeen find themselves plunged into a huge network of corruption and social difficulties. They are tracked by university supervisors and by Shilan’s husband, who becomes suspicious.
Will Rojeen pass the exam? What will become of the exam cheating business?
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