Commander Arian - A Story of Women, War and Freedom

Showings

Scotiabank Theatre 4 Sun, Apr 29, 2018 6:30 PM
TIFF Bell Lightbox 2 Mon, Apr 30, 2018 10:30 AM
Aga Khan Museum Sun, May 6, 2018 6:15 PM
Film Info
Runtime:77
Copyright:2018
Country Listing:Germany
Spain
Syria
Premiere Status:World Premiere
Rating:14A
Festival Info
Festival Year:2018
Language:Kurdish
Accessibility:Full Subtitles
Program Category:International Spectrum
Film Subjects:Feminism & Breaking Barriers
Her Story
War, Conflict & the Military
Middle East
By Program - Sort:Closed Captions & Full Subtitles
Cast/Crew Info
Director(s):Alba Sotorra
Producer(s):Stefano Strocchi
Executive Producer(s):Marta Figueira
Felix Kriegsheim
Editor(s):Jesper Osmund
Writer(s):Alba Sotorra
Stefano Strocchi
Jesper Osmund

Description

On the front line of the Syrian war, 30-year-old Commander Arian guides a female battalion towards the city of Kobane to release its people from the grip of ISIS in Alba Sotorra's empowering tale of emancipation and freedom. When the war in Syria broke, a group of women from the Kurdish resistance assembled the YPJ—Women's Protection Unit. Arian, who witnessed at a young age the nefarious treatment of sexual assault victims, leads the unit and dedicates her life to battling ISIS. As the YPJ inches closer to their target, she implores her comrades to discover the true meaning of their fight: freedom for the next generation of women. With unquestioned access to the commander and her troops, including delicate scenes of her recovering from multiple bullet wounds, Sotorra brilliantly crafts an enthralling portrait of a woman on a mission. Ravi Srinivasan

Included Shorts

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Additional Information

Toronto Star - 3.5 Stars, "Inspirational in all the right ways."

NOW - 4 Stars

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