International Competition


Zaynê Akyol
Screening time  
27.03. / Monday, 21:00 - 23:00 Theatre 5  
31.03. / Friday, 21:00 - 23:00 Theatre 4  

Rojek converses with some of the most important members of the Islamic State (ISIS), who are currently being detained in prison camps in Syrian Kurdistan. They share a common dream: establishing a caliphate. Confronted with the fundamentalist beliefs of the jihadists, the film attempts to trace the beginning, the rise and fall of the Islamic State through their personal stories. The documentary evolves along the thread of these conversations, intertwined with various sequences depicting current, post-war Syrian Kurdistan. The film offers an intimate gaze at an unknown reality, testifying of pivotal moments experienced by the actors of this conflict. It also tackles how this ideological war is only the beginning of a new kind of threat.


Zaynê Akyol

Zaynê Akyol graduated from Université du Québec à Montréal, where she obtained a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in Communication, with a specialization in film. Her first feature documentary, Gulîstan, Land of Roses (2016) was selected for 80 international film festivals, earning 50 nominations and winning 12 awards, including the prestigious Doc Alliance Award given at the Locarno Film Festival. In her free time, she is a photographer whose exhibitions have been widely seen. Rojek is her second documentary.

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2022, 128'

Directed by:
Zaynê Akyol

Screenplay by:
Zaynê Akyol

Nicolas Canniccioni, Arshia Shakiba

Edited by:
Mathieu Bouchard-Malo

Roger Tellier-Craig

Audrey-Ann Dupuis-Pierre

Produced by:

Festivals & Awards:

Hot Docs: DGC Special Jury Prize (2022), Gimli IFF: New Voices Award (2022), Ji.Hlava IDFF: Best Film Testimony Special mention(2022), Visions du Réel