Natural History Films


Tuesday, 15th October 2019 | 18:30-20:30


Saving the Persian Leopard

Persian leopards once roamed far into the Caucasus Mountains in central Asia, including parts of Armenia, Azerbeijan and Georgia. Now, only scattered populations of these big cats remain in those countries, often in isolated patches far removed from others of their kind.


The Birds of Qaradagh

The Birds of Qaradagh showcases the abundant and diverse birds of Kurdistan - particularly in Qaradagh, in the Kurdistan Region's Sulaimani province. Blanketed with dense forests and possessing a cool climate, Qaradagh is a perfect destination for wild birds - as much so as world-famous wildlife havens. This documentary sheds light on environmental dangers posed to wildlife, and offers possible solutions on how to protect wild birds.


Kurdish biologist Hana Raza was worried the Persian leopard hadn't survived years of war in northern Iraq. But her fears were put to rest when the animal was spotted in the mountains in 2011. Since then she's been campaigning for a reserve.The Birds of Qaradagh was directed by Haidar Omer, edited by Hardi Qadir, and produced by Rudaw Media Network's Documentary Department. Korush Ararat served as advisor to the project.



The event is supported by the Art Council England and organised in partnership with GULAN.