The Exam

Should the Wind Drop

Original name: Ezmûn
English name: The Exam
Year: 2021
Run time: 89 min
Language: Kurdish
Type (Colour/ Black & white): Colour
Country: Germany, Iraqi-Kurdistan, Qatar
Director: Shawkat Amin Korki
Producers:Mehmet Aktaş
Cast:Avan Jamal, Vania Salar, Hussein Hassan, Shwan Attoof, Hoshyar Nerwayi
Screenplay:Shawkat Amin Korki, Mohamed Reza Gohari
Cinematographer:Adib Sobhani
Editor:Ebrahim Saeedi
Sound Designer: Shahram Ahmadian
Music Composer: Mehmûd Berazî
Costume Designer:Katharina Nesterowa
Production Designer: Jalal Saed Panah
Production Company: mîtosfilm, Masti Film
World Sales:Arthood Entertainment GmbH
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  • Busan IFF 2021
  • IFF India 2021
  • Karlovy Vary IFF 2021
  • Leeds IFF 2021
  • Cairo IFF 2021

Director’s Selected Filmography:

  • 2021 The Exam
  • 2014 Memories On Stone
  • 2009 Kick Off”
  • 2006 Crossing The Dust

Director's Biography:

Nora Martirosyan

Shawkat Amin Korki was born in 1973. Originally from Zakho, Iraqi Kurdistan, he and his family fled from Iraqi military oppression to Iran in 1975, where they lived in exile for 25 years. Korki studied Cinema in Iran and gained international recognition in 2006 with the completion of his debut feature film in Iraqi Kurdistan, Crossing The Dust, which premiered at Rotterdam IFF.

Korki’s greatest success to this date has been Memories On Stone (2014), the official Oscar entry from Iraq. His movies have been presented at world famous film festivals such as Karlovy Vary, Busan, Cairo, Edinburgh, Tallinn, Göteborg, Hong Kong and many more in the past.


Rojin, a heartbroken young woman who is suffering from depression after the disappearance of her fiance, is preparing for her university entrance exam. If she fails, her father will force her into marriage. If she succeeds, however, she might lead a more emancipated life and avoid the fate of her older sister Shilan, who is unhappily married to a conservative man who demands her to be a proper housewife. Seeing that her younger sister struggles to achieve that dream, Shilan becomes desperate to make her pass the exam by any means necessary. This decision puts the sisters under immense pressure from their environment both at home and in school, as they become entangled in a huge network of corruption that is connected through all parts of society