Duration: 78 mins
Type: Documentary
Year: 2023

Negin Ahmadi

Elaheh Nobakht

Kurdistan (Rojava & Rojhelat)

Iran, France, Norway

Kurdish, Farsi

Filmmaker Negin Ahmadi travels to the war zone of Kurdistan (Northern Syria) to follow the lives of the women in the YPJ – an all-female Kurdish militia. Armed only with her camera, she captures the struggles, hopes, and joys of these incredible women, for whom the fight against ISIS is also their way to escape the restraints of a patriarchal society. Weaving together with candid moments between the female soldiers with the brutality of combat, Negin creates a personal, visual diary that intimately explores the role of women in battle and examines the cost of achieving equality and freedom in this tumultuous region.

Q+A with director Negin Ahmadi and producer Elaheh Nobakht.

Fri 12 May 2023, 20:15, Screen 1, 2 and 3

Sunday 14 May 2023, 12:30, Screen 3

Negin Ahmadi – Director

Born in 1989, Negin Ahmadi is a Kurdish filmmaker. Ahmadi studied Economics and finished her Associate’s degree at the University of Imam Khomeini in Qazvin. She is currently a student at the Iranian Youth Cinema Society. As a director, she has supervised multiple documentary series and directed a short documentary called A Few Days of Shirin in 2016. Dreams’ Gate will be her first feature documentary.