After the impressive Gulistan, Land of Roses (2016), the Kurdish filmmaker Zaynê Akyol has returned with these conversations with imprisoned members of the Islamic State, alternating their words with aerial views of the countryside. An unexpected look at a far-reaching current political issue and a film whose subject matter and rhythm create an impressive cinematic object.
CAST & CREW
Audrey-Ann Dupuis-Pierre, Sylvain Corbeil, Zaynê Akyol
Director of Photography
Nicolas Canniccioni, Arshia Shakiba
Arshia Shakiba, Sylvain Brassard
Born 1987. Zaynê Akyol, born in Turkey, 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 was selected by 80 international film festivals, with 50 nominations and won 12 awards, including the prestigious Doc Alliance Award given at Locarno FF. Zaynê Akyol is also a photographer whose exhibitions have been widely seen. Rojek is her second documentary.
Gulistan, Land of Roses (2016), Rojek (2022).