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Sabaya

Sweden, Syria, 2021, 91mins, Cert.15
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With just a mobile phone and a gun Mahmud, Ziyad and their group risk their lives trying to save as many Yazidi women and children as possible being held as Sabaya (sex slaves) in the most dangerous camp in the Middle East.

In this observational film, directed, shot and edited by acclaimed Swedish/Kurdish director Hogir Hirori, we experience first-hand the strong contrast between the tense situation in the camp and the comfort of daily life at home. Under the loving care of Mahmud’s wife, Siham, and his mother, Zahra, it might take a long time for the young women to heal, but perhaps one day the traumatized girls will also be strong enough to become brave female infiltrators themselves, helping to rescue even more Yazidi Sabaya from the claws of an ideology that tolerates nothing but itself.

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