GULÎSTAN, LAND OF ROSES + INTRO
Dir. Zaynê Akyol, Canada/ Germany, 2016, 86 mins
The story of women who are fighting for their freedom.
Gulîstan left Montreal as a young woman to join the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) in its fight against Daesh. Following her story, director Zaynê Akyol brings us a powerful vision of women risking their lives for what they believe in. We see them train in guerrilla tactics, form new friendships. Throughout, the threat of violence continues to grow.
Patient and self-aware, Akyol elicits mesmerising interviews which shed light on the women’s motivations and fears. At root is the question: what is the cost of our freedom?