Mem u Zin: Understanding Kurdish Culture through Poetry and Film

Contributed By: Elisheva Cohen
Language of Presentation: English
Media Format: Downloadable File
School Level: Middle/High School
Institution/Provider: Portland State University
Author: Elisheva Cohen
Condition of Use: Fair Use for Education

In this lesson, students watch the film based on an epic poem, Mem u Zin, by Kurdish poet Ahmed Xani. The poem is a Romeo and Juliette-like love story that represents the Kurdish longing for their homeland. This lesson plan includes discussion questions for use while watching the film as well as an activity and graphic organizer that helps students think about celebrations of life cycle events as they compare across cultures. This lesson assumes knowledge of Kurdish history. >

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