Derya’s badly burned body brings the tragic reality of self-immolation and honor violence in Iraqi Kurdistan under scrutiny.

Heart on Fire was an official selection of the 2014 WVN Online Film Festival.

About Beri Shalmashi

Shalmashi comes from a family with Iranian-Kurdish heritage, but was born in France and raised in the Netherlands. She is one of the most promising filmmakers in Kurdistan and the Netherlands. She wrote and directed several awarded movies. In 2013, the City of Los Angeles officially recognized her ‘outstanding achievements’. Beri Shalmashi graduated at the prestigious Netherlands Film Academy and received her MA at the Utrecht School of Arts. Shalmashi won the ECHO Award 2008, rewarded with a scholarship at the UCLA. Shalmashi adapted the bestseller ‘The house of the mosque’, an epic story about Iran during its revolution, to be directed internationally acclaimed director Bahman Ghobadi. Shalmashi is writing her own debut now, a film set in the whirlwind-boomtown Erbil, capital of the Kurdistan Region in Iraq, where she tutored at the Salahaddin University’s Faculty of Arts.