Gulîstan, Land of Roses

Genre:  Documentary
Running Time:  86 min.
Release Date: January 20, 2017 - Montréal - January 20, 2017 - Montreal

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Young Kurdish women leave their families to become soldiers in the guerrilla war of the PKK, the Kurdistan Workers' Party. Settled in camps in the mountains, they train daily to defend their people against Daesh (also known as ISIS), the Turkish army and Iranian soldiers. When they’re not polishing their weapons and reciting the party’s slogans, the fighters chat among themselves and braid their hair like carefree girls. But on the field, they turn into formidable warriors ready to sacrifice their lives rather than become sex slaves for ISIS soldiers. They instill fear in their enemy, because ISIS soldiers believe that if they die at the hands of a woman, they’ll never reach paradise.

Director: Zaynê Akyol
Studio: NFB
Producer(s): Nathalie Cloutier, Fanny Drew, Sarah Mannering, Denis McCready

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