Nuri Kino (born February 25, 1965) is an Assyrian-Swedish [1] freelance journalist and documentary filmmaker.


Born in Midyat, in southeast Turkey, Nuri Kino moved with his family to Germany when he was about four years old and eventually settled in Sweden with his parents, younger sister and two younger brothers. For many years he bounced around from job to job working as a caretaker, teacher, interpreter, bartender, medical secretary, pizza maker. In 1994, he owned a restaurant named "Den Galne Kocken" rated as Stockholm's most popular according to Sweden's largest daily newspaper Aftonbladet.

In 2002, Nuri Kino wrote a series of stories for Aftonbladet on pedophile networks abusing immigrant children. The stories were picked up by several other media outlets; awarded with the investigative award Guldspaden and eventually led to a massive police action and trials where pedophile rings were exposed and terminated.

2009 is he published in media all over the world and one of the leading investigative journalists in Europe and. He is also seen as a human right activist and gives speeches about the importance of stopping persecution of women, children and minoritys in Middle East

Switching careers, in early 2000, he decided to become a freelance journalist and filmmaker. He shares writing credits with several other journalists from Sweden including Juan Flores, Bo-Göran Bodin, Margita Boström, and Jenny Nordberg for which they have received awards. Kino occasionally writes guest editorials for online Assyrian and Middle-Eastern sites and all-Swedish newspapers including their online outlets such as Aftonbladet, Göteborgsposten and Östgöta Corren, as well as his own Swedish blog that compiles news from around the world. He won the Golden Palm Award at the Beverly Hills Film Festival for his documentary Assyriska a National Team Without a Nation that he was a co-producer on. He has served as a jury member for the Humanity of the World Documentary Film Festival. He is author of By God - Six days in Amman, a report that was sent to all congressmen in USA and all European parliamentarians. By God is supposed to have changed the political view of the war in Iraq. He is also the co-author of a novel along with Jenny Nordberg published by Norstedst, in Sweden. Summer 2008 Nordberg and Kino also produced the documentary The High Price of Ransom for Dan Rather Report.

Awards and nominations


  • One of hundred Swedish inspirators, awarded by Leva Magazine








Director documentary film

Among titles that Nuri Kino produced or co-produced:

  • The Cry Unheard (2001) documentary film about the Assyrian Genocide or Seyfo in Turkey during 1914-1918.
  • Assyriska: A National Team Without a Nation (2005), a five-part sports documentary film chronicling the Swedish Premier League Soccer Team Assyriska. The series was co-produced and co-directed by Nuri Kino and Erik Sandberg and executive produced by Laika Film & Television AB for Sveriges Television. In April 2006, Part 3 of this documentary won the Golden Palm Award at the Beverly Hills Film Festival. BHFF was an obvious choice, since the five-part documentary film had previously been screened on Swedish Television, thus disqualifying it from many other festivals.(Summary: They have no country to represent, nonetheless the Assyriska soccer team serves as a symbol of Assyrian identity. The fans tend to be a mixed bag from Assyrian suburban youth of Sweden which has a large and strong immigrant populations, to monks from Southeast Turkey and Assyrian kids in Iran. This documentary series interweaves elements of love, conflict and growth in a story about a team attempting to become number one in the Swedish Top Division.)

Book review

Nuri Kino's review of The Crimson Field by Rosie Malek-Yonan, published September 2005.

Excerpt: To read The Crimson Field is to understand that the Assyrians were not merely guests in Iraq, Iran, Turkey and Syria. The country of Bet-Nahrin in Mesopotamia was the cradle of civilization and the homeland of Assyrians. Through her characters Malek-Yonan gives us an open window into a past history most would prefer to remain unstirred. She allows the reader to see the scars of her nation that have yet to heal. The only way to understand Assyrians of today is to understand their past.

External links

Preceded by
Sargon Dadesho
Zinda Magazine Assyrian of the Year
2006 (6755)
Succeeded by
Sarkis Aghajan Mamendo


sv:Nuri Kino

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