13 November
The 13 November is the date on which the festival starts every year, in memory of the massacre which occurred in Amude, a town in Rojava, where a cinema was burned down in 1960. During the projection of a movie about the Algerian revolution, the cinema caught on fire, killing 282 children. The screening was organized by the Syrian government, in a room which had not been prepared for cinema screenings. The government never opened an investigation to clarify what had happened and shoulder their responsibility in this event. 50 years later, there is still an ongoing ban on any public commemoration of those who died in the fire. This tragic event stayed in the mind of the inhabitants of this area as a painful example of the state’s repression of the Kurdish population. By starting the festival on this precise date, we want to commemorate this tragic event.