Rojava and Kobane

Rojava

Soon after the start of the Syrian Civil War, the northern Syrian enclave of Rojava has witnessed a unique societal change. A democratic system of self-governance was established in 2013 by the people of Rojava. Deeply rooted on feminist, ecologist and communal values, this political project has challenged the patriarchal system, empowered ethnic and religious minorities, as well as grass-root movements and inspired the opening of localdemocratic spaces. Despite facing the most ruthless threats, this population is writing now a new page of their history.

Kobanê

Kobane first came into the spotlight end 2014 as an emblem of the resistance, when it’s population fought and defeated Isis (Islamic State).
From September 2014, starts of attack from IS, to the 26 January 2015, date where IS were officially defeated, many people joined the call from the YPG (people’s protection unit) and YPJ(Women protection units) forces to defend their city. Their commitment and faith even in the darkest hours still inspire a great feeling of dignity and collective bond within the Kurdish community.

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However, the almost complete destruction of the city and the painful legacy of IS massacres also left vivid scars that requires a long healing process. Far from being prostrated, the people of Kobane started right away to rebuild their city to the point that today it shines more than ever before. Our festival aims to re-connect Kobane with the world, this time in it’s flourishing phase.

Kobane Film Festival

For the first time, the opening of the KIFF (Kobane International Film Festival) will be held in the renowned city of Kobane. A small city in northern Syria, whose great name have been carved in history for its resistance against IS (Islamic State). 3 years after Kobane liberation, the Festival will have it’s main venue there so that the memory of it’s resistance and the thousands incredible stories it carries, can continue to resonate in the minds of its inhabitant and abroad.

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