Amsterdam Koerdisch Film Festival 2023
Armed only with her camera, filmmaker Negin Ahmadi journeys into the war zone of Rojava Kurdistan, embedding herself with the YPJ - an all-female Kurdish militia unit.
Filmmaker Negin Ahmadi travels to the war zone of Rojava Kurdistan (Northern Syria) to follow the lives of the women in the YPJ – an all-female Kurdish militia. Armed only with her camera, she captures the struggles, hopes, and joys of these incredible women, for whom the fight against ISIS is also their way to escape the restraints of a patriarchal society. Weaving together with candid moments between the female soldiers with the brutality of combat, Negin creates a personal, visual diary that intimately explores the role of women in battle and examines the cost of achieving equality and freedom in this tumultuous region.