International Competition


Hogir Hirori
Screening time  
05.04. / Tuesday, 22:00 - 00:00 Theatre 3 Ticket
06.04. / Wednesday, 15:00 - 17:00 Theatre 4  
10.04. / Sunday, 16:00 - 18:00 Theatre 3  
10.04. / Sunday, 18:00 - 20:00 Theatre 1  

With just a mobile phone and a gun, Mahmud, Ziyad and their group risk their lives trying to save as many Yazidi women and girls as possible being held by ISIS as Sabaya (sex slaves) in the most dangerous camp in the Middle East, Al-Hol in Syria. Meanwhile at home, Mahmud’s wife, Siham, and his mother, Zahra, help the traumatized girls with loving care to shed off the black garments of an ideology that tolerates nothing but itself. In this observational film, directed, shot and edited by acclaimed Swedish/Kurdish director Hogir Hirori, we experience first-hand the strong contrast between the tense situation in the camp and the comfort of daily life at home.


Hogir Hirori

Hogir Hirori was born in 1980 in Duhok, Iraqi Kurdistan. In 1999, he fled to Sweden and has lived since then in Stockholm. He works as a freelance photographer, editor and director and runs his own production company, Lolav Media. Hogir’s The Deminer had its world premiere at IDFA 2017, where it received the Special Jury Award for Best Documentary Feature. The film has since travelled to more than 50 international film festivals and aired on more than 30 broadcasters worldwide.

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2021, 91'

Directed by:
Hogir Hirori

Screenplay by:
Hogir Hirori

Hogir Hirori

Edited by:
Hogir Hirori

Mohammed Zaki

Antonio Russo Merenda, Hogir Hirori

Produced by:
Lolav Media, Ginestra Film

Festivals & Awards:

Sundance FF: Directing Award (2021)
CPH DOX: F:Act Award (2021)
Moscow IFF: Best Documentary (2021)
DocAviv: Best International Documentary (2021)
Hong Kong IFF: Jury Prize (2021)
Guldbaggen: Best Documentary (2022)


Luke Brawley