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Women with Gunpowder Earrings Reza Farahmand

A dramatic insight into the embattled Syrian-Iraqi border region. The young reporter Noor sees herself as an anti ISIS fighter but learns that her worldview was too simple.

Women with Gunpowder Earrings

Documentary Film
77 minutes

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Morteza Shabani
Reza Farahmand
Christoph Rezaie
Reza Farahmand
Reza Farahmand, Fatemeh Bonyadi, Mosayeb Hanaie
Reza Farahmand
Hasan Mahdavi
War reporting is a balancing act. What can you show? Who profits from your images? The young Iraqi reporter Noor Al Helli reports from the embattled Syrian-Iraqi border region. She sees herself as a civilian member of the anti ISIS troops and wants to expose the cruelties of the Islamists. When she meets a group of women and children captured as sympathizers of the Islamic State, her view of the enemy is shaken. Touched by their existential poverty and hopelessness, she puts the camera down and tries to understand what drove these people to join the Salafist terror organisation. She is forced to acknowledge that these women and children have no intention of giving up their worldview voluntarily. And yet: the talks are not superfluous, for they reveal paths where there seemed to be only dead ends.

Luc-Carolin Ziemann

Nominated for the Film Prize Leipziger Ring