The non-competitive section is intended to shed light on the ongoing war against terrorism in Iraq and Syria. It also seeks to ensure that different voices and perspectives be heard and seen about the ongoing war against ISIL in the region.
At least 10 films of all genres will premiere in this year’s section. According to the Secretariat of the annual event, the lineup is as follows:
Kuweires, My Little Homeland (2016)
1h 18min | Documentary
Director: Saeed Sadeqi
Country: Iran | Syria
Storyline: It is 2012 and Shalis has to make the most important decision in his life. He is 19 years old and wants to join the Air Force at the Kuweires Airport. His decision coincides with the war in Syria.
From Hasakah with Love (2016)
10min | Short Film
Director: Mohammad Farahani
Language: English, Kurdish
Storyline: A girl that her family had been murdered is all alone in the city. In order to show her protest, she has decided to burn herself in front of an internet connected camera.
20min | Short Film
Director & Producer: Mostafa Gandomkar
Storyline: War has displaced many Kurdish, Syrian and Iraqi families. This film is the story of a day in the life of Abdullah, Reyhanand and their kid Alan before displacement.
1h 20min | Drama
Director & Writer: Ahmad Zaeri, Mohammad Esfandiari, Maria Moati
Language: Kurdish, Arabic, English
Storyline: This film is about an Iraqi father, a Syrian kid and a Kurdish Mother caught in the middle of the war. The film starts from 2015 and every episode is a prequel chronologically.
An Iranian Apostate (2015)
Writer & Director: Hamid Abdollahzadeh
Storyline: The movie is about arresting an ISIS militant, who has killed 1700 people in one day.
The Last Supper of the Levant (2016)
70 min | Documentary
Writer & Director: Mohammad Ghan’e Fard
Country: Iran, Syria
Language: English, Persian, Armenian, Arabic
Storyline: Following the attack of al-Nusra front in an ancient Christian village around Damascus, 12 nuns are kidnapped from a monastery.
15min | Short Film
Director & Producer: Mehrdad Hasani
Storyline: In a war-torn region, a wounded nurse is trying to save a little girl from rebels.
The Black Flag (2015)
1h 2min | Documentary
Director, Producer: Majed Neisi
Storyline: At the forefront of the war against ISIS; Syed Ahmad and Syed Jafar are fighting in Jurf Al Sakhar area in Iraq along with their troops.
1h | Documentary
Writer & Director: Mozaffar Hosseinkhani Hazvareh
Storyline: Alireza Babaei, a university staff who is studying for his degree, decides to go to Syria and fight ISIS in order to defend the Ahl al-Bayt….
The Dark Wind (2016)
Director: Hussein Hassan
Country: Iraq, Germany, Qatar
Storyline: The young Yezidi couple Reko and Pero gets separated when ISIS attacks their village in the Shingalregion of Iraqi Kurdistan. The terrorists murder many villagers and sell Pero in a slave market.