Kurdistan: the untold story of Mesopotamia

A film by Yann Coquart, directed by Yann Coquart and Luis Miranda


Shot in the Northern part of Iraqi Kurdistan, close to ISIS controlled areas, this film reveals a true archaeological Eldorado. The traces of hidden royal cities, extensive water management systems and 3000-year-old reliefs and architecture are brought into light, using specially shot drone footage, secret satellite imagery, high-end 3D visualization and animated sequences. These new findings saved from destruction, trigger a whole new understanding of this region, known as the Cradle of Civilization.


Format: 16/9 - 1x52’ - Colour - 4K
Production: UN FILM À LA PATTE, ARTE France & CNRS Images
Produced in association with SBS-TV Australia
With the participation of Al Arabiya News Channel, SVT and Centre National du Cinéma et de l'image animée
Fundings: CNC (Nouvelles Technologies en Production), Région Grand Est, Procirep-Angoa, Agence Culturelle d’Alsace
Under the patronage of the French National Commission for UNESCO
International distribution
: Terranoa
First broadcaster: ARTE
© 2017

: Raul Fernandez
: Jean-Christophe Girard
: Yann Coquart & David Fernandes
Original music
: Didier Falk

- 5th place at the Firenze Archeofilm of Firenze (Italy), 2018
- “Best film for its scientific contribution” award at the Festival International du Film d'Archéologie de Bordeaux ICRONOS (France), 2018 
- Official selection at the Festival du film d'archéologie d'Amiens (France), 2018
- Official selection at the Festival Sciences-Réunion (France), 2018
- Official selection at thr Rencontre d'Archéologie de la Narbonnaise (France), 2018
- Official selection at the International Archaeological Film Fest of Split (Croatia), 2018