Shawkat Amin Korki is an Iraqi screenwriter, producer and film director. His first film, Crossing the Dust, won Best Film at Granada and the Jogja-NETPAC Asian Film Festival, and Best Director at Singapore. Kick Off, his second feature, premiered at Dubai, Santa Barbara, Taipei and Pusan, where it won the FIPRESCI Prize. Shawkat Amin Korki's latest film, Memories on Stone, is a rare co-production between Iran and Iraqi Kurdistan. Memories on Stone was selected as Iraq's entry to the 88th Academy Awards.
In an exclusive interview with Filmatique, Shawkat Amin Korki discusses approaching tragedy with humor, the challenges of filmmaking in Iraqi Kurdistan and his next project.