State of Affairs

Women With Gunpowder Earrings

Reza Farahmand
Screening time  
28.02. / Thursday, 17:00 - 19:00 Theatre 2  
War reporting is a balancing act. What can you show? Who profits from your images?

The young Iraqi reporter Noor Al Helli reports from the embattled Syrian-Iraqi border region. She sees herself as a civilian member of the anti ISIS troops and wants to expose the cruelties of the Islamists. When she meets a group of women and children captured as sympathizers of the Islamic State, her view of the enemy is shaken. Touched by their existential poverty and hopelessness, she puts the camera down and tries to understand what drove these people to join the Salafist terror organisation. She is forced to acknowledge that these women and children have no intention of giving up their worldview voluntarily. And yet: the talks are not to no avail, for they reveal paths where there seemed to be only dead ends.


Reza Farahmand

Reza Farahmand was born in 1978 in Khorasan, Iran. He is an Iranian director known for his documentary films: Women With Gunpowder Earrings (2018), Forgotten Childhood (2015), Freedom (2014), Please Horn! (2013) and Climbing Room (2010).

General sponsor

Zanani Ba Gushvarehaye Morvarid

2018, 77'

Directed by:
Reza Farahmand

Screenplay by:
Reza Farahmand

Reza Farahmand

Edited by:
Reza Farahmand, Fatemeh Bonyadi, Mosayeb Hanaie

Christoph Rezaie

Morteza Shabani

Produced by:
Varite Doc Film Center

Festivals & Awards:

Signes de Nuit International Film Festival 2018 – Grand Prix; Fajr Film Festival 2018 – Special Jury Award Best Documentary; Iran International Documentary Film Festival 2017 – Best Director Award; Locarno International Film Festival 2018; DOK Leipzig 2018