On the anniversary of the death of Sakine Cansiz, co-founder and leader of the Kurdistan Workers Party and the Patriotic Women’s Association, thousands of Kurds and feminists across Europe march chanting, “Women, Life, Freedom.” In a culture where women once threw themselves from cliffs to escape rape, torture and oppression, this feminist movement–inconceivable anywhere else in the Middle East—began over 40 years ago.
As terror and war tear through the Kurdish villages of Syria and Northern Iraq, the brave women of the Patriotic Women’s Association have even created an army, comprised of women from all over the world including Paris, Turkish Kurdistan, and Germany. They have taken up arms against the Islamic state, and winning inspiring victories. Filmmaker Mylene Sauloy imbedded herself with these warriors in both battle and in leisure, taking the audience deep inside the rich and hidden culture of the Kurds where women are leaders and men request “re-education” classes.
The film’s director, Mylene Sauloy, will be present for the Festival.
Tickets on sale February 1 at Chapter One Bookstore