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Gulîstan, Land of Roses

Zaynê Akyol / Canada - Germany / 2016 / 86 ' / Turkish - Kurmanji / S.T. English - French


Mathieu Bouchard-Malo
Zaynê Akyol
Etienne Roussy
Olivier Calvert
Christophe Lamarche-Ledoux
Sarah Mannering, Fanny Drew, Yanick Létourneau, Mehmet Aktaş, Nathalie Cloutier (NFB) & Denis McCready (NFB)
The National Film Board of Canada
Sound Recordists: Vincent Laroche-Gagnon, Adel Ton
Executive Producers: Yanick Létourneau, Mehmet Aktaş, Colette Loumède

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Awards & Festivals

Official Selection, HotDocs 2016
Official Competition, Visions du Réel 2016
Special Jury Award, EBS International Documentary Festival 2016
Primer Premio - Tiempo de Historia, Valladolid International Film Festival 2016
Selection Award, Doc Alliance 2016
Best New Talent from Québec/Canada, RIDM 2016
Best Feature Film, Milano Film Festival 2016
Jury's Prize, Trento Film Festival 2017

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A personal and powerful exploration of how the women of the PKK train to fight against ISIS in Kurdistan.


They stand at the forefront of the fight for freedom in the Middle East. These young women belong to the armed wing of the PKK, the Kurdistan Workers’ Party, which is also an active guerrilla movement. From their camp hidden away in the mountains, the women lead a nomadic life, undergoing ideological and practical training before being sent out to the front lines.

Their mission? Defend Kurdish territory in Iraq and Syria, and defeat ISIS (the armed militants of the so-called Islamic State group).

By capturing their ritualized daily activities, as well as the emotional and intellectual bonds that unite them, GULÎSTAN, LAND OF ROSES sheds light on the lives of these women who are collectively fighting for a revolutionary ideal advocating female empowerment. The film also gives them a powerful voice, and in return, many of them 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.


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