Gulistan, Land of Roses

Gulistan, land of roses


They belong to the armed wing of the PKK, the Kurdistan Workers' Party, which is also an active guerrilla movement. The mission of these female fighters? Defend Kurdish territory in Iraq and Syria, and defeat ISIS (the armed militants of the so-called Islamic State group), all while embodying a revolutionary ideal advocating female empowerment. As filmmaker Zaynê Akyol follows their highly regimented lives, seasoned fighters like Rojen and Sozdar openly share with us their most intimate thoughts and dreams. Even as fighting against ISIS intensifies in the Middle East, these women bravely continue their battle against barbarism. Offering a window into this largely unknown world, the film exposes the hidden face of this highly mediatized war: the female, feminist face of a revolutionary group united by a common vision of freedom.

Show:  Saturday 18 November , at. 16.30, Hammarkullen kulturhus
Thursday 23 November , at. 18.30, Hagabion hall 1

Director:  Zayne Akyol
Genres: Documentary
Runtime: 86 min
Country:  CanadaGermany
Language:  German, English text
Release Date:  2023