Sweden 2021, 91 min, Arabic and Kurdish, Hebrew & English subtitles

Their resources are frightfully scarce, and their courage is unimaginable. Armed only with mobile phones and outdated guns, a group of volunteers tries to rescue Yezidi women and girls taken by ISIS and held as “Sabaya”—sex slaves. The women are kept at al-Hawl, a refugee camp in Syria (population: 73,000), where many hope for the return of the Islamic State. Mahmud, who leads the rescue operation, desperately tries to find slivers of information that would help him locate the captives. He is assisted by former Sabaya who risk their lives to infiltrate the camp as spies. Filmmaker Hogir Hirori (The Deminer) is there every step of the way: the planning, the swift and dangerous rescue, and finally, the slow process of the freed captives’ recovery under Mahmud’s family’s compassionate care.

Previous Festivals: Sundance, CPH:DOX, True/False, Docville

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Screening Schedule:
  • Mon 05.07 | 16:15 | Venue Cinematheque 1 | Filmmaker Present | Q&A with filmmaker Hogir Hirori moderated by Dr. Laliv Melamed
  • Tue 06.07 | 13:45 | Venue Cinematheque 2
  • Fri 09.07 | 12:00 | Venue Webinars | Filmmaker Hogir Hirori in conversation with Laliv Melamed Free admission, pre-registraion required
  • Fri 09.07 | 19:15 | Venue Cinematheque 1
  • Sat 10.07 | 21:30 | Venue Cinematheque 4
  • Watch online | The film will be available from July 1st until July 10th

Meet the Filmmakers

  • Filmmaker Hogir Hirori in conversation with Laliv Melamed Free admission, pre-registraion required

    Fri 09.07 at 12:00

Hogir Hirori was born in 1980 in Duhok, Iraqi Kurdistan. In 1999, he fled to Sweden and has lived since then in Stockholm. He works as a freelance photographer, editor and director and runs his own production company, Lolav Media. Hogir’s most recent work,The Deminer, had its world premiere at IDFA 2017, where it received the Special Jury Award for Best Documentary Feature. The film has since travelled to more than 50 international film festivals and aired on more than 30 broadcasters worldwide.

Production: Antonio Russo Merenda, Hogir Hirori
Production Company: Lolav Media, Ginestra Film
Research: Guevara Namer
Music: Mohammed Zaki

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