Sahim Omar Kalifa / Zagros

Sahim Omar Kalifa / Zagros


Belgian-Kurdish filmmaker Sahim Omar Kalifa was born in Iraq in 1980. He moved to Belgium in 2001 to work as an interpreter and study. In 2008, he received his Master’s degree in filmmaking at Sint-Lukas Film School in Brussels.

His short Land of the Heroes won the Jury Prize as Best Short at the 61st Berlinale. His two other shorts, Baghdad Messi and Bad Hunter, were both shortlisted for the Academy Awards.

Sahim was chosen as Best Kurdish Film Director in Istanbul in 2014, and was invited to become a voting member of the Academy Awards in 2016.

Zagros is his first feature.

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