Sabaya

(Sabaya)

Sabaya

A whole city of Yazidi residents was left at the mercy of ISIS. The men's wives ended up in slavery. A handful of ordinary men set out to save them. But while it may seem like something out of an adventure novel, this story is a reality.

The civil war in Syria has caused suffering to many people. Broken families and women dragged into slavery are among the many crimes of extremists that the civilian population must face. Mahmud Resho is one of those who tries to fight for his neighbours in a difficult time. He makes perilous journeys into enemy territory, where hundreds of Yazidi women are held against their will as servants and sex slaves (sabai). This Swedish documentary by Kurdish director Hogir Hirori follows the efforts of Mahmud and his organisation with bated breath. Any expedition of lightly armed men can end in bloodshed. The evocative film depicts a bleak situation, but it also opens the door to hope by paying tribute to individuals who are willing to take on their shoulders responsibility and risk far greater than anyone would dare ask for.

About the film

Director: Hogir Hirori
Sweden
2021 | 91 min.

Language: Arabic

Subtitles: Czech, English
In the case of outdoor screenings, the films are shown only with Czech subtitles.

Czech premiere

Director

Hogir Hirori

Filmography
2020 - Sabaya
2017 - Deminer
2016 - The Girl Who Saved My Life
2014 - Victims of IS

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