Ashura

2013 | 00:23:25 | Germany / Turkey | Azerbaijani / Turkish | Color | Stereo | 16:9 | HD video

Collection: Single Titles

Tags: History, Middle East, Religion/Spirituality, Ritual, War

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The Battle of Karbala (680) resulted in the death of Hussein, the grandson of prophet Muhammad and all his supporters. This battle is central to Shi'a Muslim belief in which the martyrdom of Hussein is mourned by an annual commemoration, Ashura. Artist Köken Ergun has worked with Istanbul's Shiite minority, documenting their preparations for the Ashura day.

Note: This title is intended by the artist to be viewed in High Definition. While DVD format is available to enable accessibility, VDB recommends presentation on Blu-ray or HD digital file.

Premiere

2013 Berlinale
Berlin

Exhibitions + Festivals

2011 Kunsthalle Winterthur, Winterthur, Switzerland (as a three-channel exhibition)