Language – A short text by Şehîd Xelil Dag

“Language is the expression of our common culture, our thoughts and our feelings. When thoughts become words and leave our bodies, we initiate change. The order of words, the melody and the emotions hidden in them are secret codes that tell us the history of the people. Languages are keys to our history, to the history of societies. Each language has a culture, a history, a past that is sometimes difficult to translate. With each spoken word, we move closer to the past of these cultures, understand our present and overcome the boundaries between space and time. We can feel and taste, see the world in other eyes. Languages open doors to new cultures, sometimes foreign to us. With every spoken and learned language we gain beauty. The beauty of cultures decorates our souls and opens our hearts. Each word is a small piece of truth from the history of mankind. Each word is a piece of the treasure map that holds the way to the past. Words are sacred, they say in Kurdistan.

Through speaking, we can read people, enable interpersonal communication and connection, and access thoughts, feelings and moments. Through writing, we can capture and share moments. Share what we feel, what we think, what we live. Our longings, our dreams, our fears, our joy, our love. When we read, we fall into a new world, a world that is sometimes not ours, that is foreign to us. However, it meets us with new colors. Sometimes out of escape, sometimes out of curiosity and sometimes it is the search that unites us with people. Through the direct encounter with the other it is possible for us to see ourselves in a reflection. With diversity and heterogeneity it is possible to define ourselves. It is the mirror of life. Through diversity we can express and find ourselves. Through diversity we can gain infinite possibilities of life. It is the highest art of humanity to communicate interculturally and to open ourselves, to understand and to conquer our limits.”

– Şehîd Halil Dağ

Şehîd Halil Dağ is the expression of this reality. In his book “Benı bağışlayın” he describes fabulously, the emotions, the thoughts of a seeker. A seeker, a stranger who finds the beauty of life, his search for true life in the mountains of Kurdistan. The mountains, the friends and the life, teach him to understand a new language and to merge with it. Heval Halil Dağ is one of the first friends who through his films and books, narrated to the world the beauty of the resistance and the love of the freedom fighters. If we want to understand the mountains, we have to speak their language. Open ourselves to a new world. Heval Halil Dağ is a bridge to this new world. He is not only an artist who revolutionizes art and culture. He is a friend, a comrade, who through humility, self-criticism and love, becomes the main character of his story. Heval Halil Dağ teaches us one thing above all, that the story we tell does not need objectivity. On the contrary, the story we want to tell must not speak the language of the others, but the language of the protagonists.

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