Gulîstan, terre de roses

Gulîstan, Land of Roses

This documentary travels deep into the mountains and deserts of Kurdistan, where armed female guerillas from the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) defend Kurdish territory against ISIS. These women share their most intimate thoughts with filmmaker Zaynê Akyol, resulting in an immersive audience experience. By offering a window into this largely unknown world, the film exposes the hidden feminist face of a revolutionary group united by a common vision of freedom.

Director's Biography
Turkish-born filmmaker ZAYNÊ AKYOL, 1987, received her bachelor’s degree from the Media School of the Université du Québec à Montréal by winning the René Malo Chair/ National Film Board of Canada Award. Her 2010 medium-length documentary Under Two Skies won an award at the Rendez-vous du cinéma québécois. Akyol is currently completing her master’s degree in communications. Gulîstan, Land of Roses is her first feature documentary. // Films (selection): Iki Bulut Arasinda (Under Two Skies, 2010, doc), Gulîstan, terre de roses (Gulîstan, Land of Roses, 2016, doc)
Architektur und Gesellschaft | Architecture and Society 2017
Zaynê Akyol
Canada / Germany 2016
86 minutes
OV with English subtitles
Screenplay Zaynê Akyol
Cinematography Etienne Roussy
Editing Mathieu Bouchard-Malo
Sound/Sounddesign Vincent Laroche-Gagnon, Adel Ton, Olivier Calvert
Music Christophe Lamarche-Ledoux
Producer(s) Sarah Mannering, Fanny Drew, Yanick Létourneau (Périphéria, CA), Mehmet Aktaş (Mîtosfilm, DE), Nathalie Cloutier, Denis McCready (National Film Board of Canada, CA)
Périphéria Avenue Casgrain 5333, Suite 1109 Montreal, QC, H2T 1X3, Canada
Weltpremiere / World Premiere
Visions du Réel – Nyon International Documentary Film Festival 2016