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Gulîstan: Land of Roses

This screening took place on
Tuesday, February 7, 2017 at 2:00pm
Yukon Arts Centre

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, Gulîstan, Land of Roses exposes the hidden face of this highly mediatized war: the female, feminist face of a revolutionary group united by a common vision of freedom. In Kurdish with English subtitles. Best New Talent From Québec/Canada Award: Rencontres internationales du documentaire de Montréal (RIDM) 2016 Preceded by: Monty Dir. Lee Carruthers, 2016, YT, 3 min
  • Directed by Zaynê Akyol
  • 2016, Canada/ Germany
  • 84 minutes
  • Film Subtitled

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