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From and Of Struggles

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From and Of Struggles

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WE 01.05 13:00 - 17:00
TH 02.05 13:00 - 17:00

A programme of films by the Rojava Film Commune, the Kezi Collective and the Palestine Cinema Institute.

This programme hosts films that come out of ongoing liberation struggles. It brings into conversation cinema that is produced from and about the immediate present of Rojava and Palestine. The films in the programme were all produced as part of collectives that have been formed within the scope of revolutionary movements.


Xewn (Dream), by Gule Welat, 2023, 11’23’’
in Kurdish with English subtitles
Dreams are the only way for a Kurdish Mother from Kobane to meet her Martyr son during many years….

Gule Welat is a Kurdish musician and filmmaker from Rojava. She worked as a Director Assistant in many productions of Rojava Film Commune like The End will Be Spectacular, Kobane and The Lonely Trees. Now she is a member of Kezî Women Film Collective.

Kezî is a collective of women filmmakers from both Kurdish and international backgrounds, based in Rojava, in northeastern Syria. Over the years, their work has encompassed film production, movie screenings, and the training of women interested in cinema in Rojava.


Xewa Mirine (The Sleeping Death), by Zîlan Hemo, 2023, 15’07”
in Kurdish with English subtitles
A Kurdish YPJ (Women’s defense units) fighter wakes up heavily wounded in a house, all the family members around her are killed. She can hear that the house is surrounded by ISIS. She is out of ammunition. In her pocket there is only one bullet left. How is she going to use her last bullet?

Zilan Hemo is a young writer and director from Kobanê. She studied filmmaking at the Academy of Arts Martyr Yekta Herekol. After graduated she was one of the first members of the Rojava Film Commune in Kobane where she directed many short films and worked in all the production of the Commune since 2018.


+ TU 30.04, 18:30 - 21:00 CINEMA GALERIES
Berbû (The Wedding), by Sevinaz Evdike, 2022, 70’
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