In order to avoid a forced marriage, 19-year-old Hala finds shelter across the Euphrates, at the Kurdish Female Military. While learning how to fight, she gets inspired by the promise of freeing more women. When the Kurdish military liberates her hometown from ISIS, she returns there as a policewoman authorised to protect other vulnerable women. Hala finds herself ready to fulfil her greatest dream: to free her younger sisters from her father's hand. Τhe threat of a marriage and the brutal stories of female oppression lead women to the other side of the river. They are trained in a strict military style, taught that men are the enemy. But is there freedom to be found between holding a gun against the patriarchic society or be deprived of the possibility to love?
2021 VFF Documentary Film Production Award — 36 DOK.fest Munich Millenium 18 Docs Against Gravity CPH:DOX — F:ACT AWARD Competition Best Film – FünfSeenFilmfestival Best Camera – Achtung Berlin FF Selection European Film Award Hessischer Filmprize 38 Kassel DOKFEST 2022 #lola22 DEUTSCHER FILMPREIS — Best Documentary German Film Award 39 Internationales Frauen* Film Festival Dortmund+Köln nominated for German Documentary Award Promotional Award by HAUS DES DOKUMENTARFILMS
Cast and Crew
Director Antonia Kilian
Producer Guevara Namer, Antonia Kilian , Frank Müller