ji bo azadiye premiere in rojava

The much expected Ji Bo Azadiyê (The End will be Spectacular) film will be premiered on 12 January in Rojava.

The screening is scheduled for 3 pm (local time) in Rumelan (Qamishlo).

Talking about the film, director Çelik said: “Films or novels, including our film, can help everyone respond to their own conscience and consciousness. This can only happen by being able to objectively see the story of a period of time, which is meant to be hidden, drown, distorted destroyed. If we are able to see and, moreover, to feel it, then we can criticize. Or we can turn to ourselves to make a self-criticism.

This is what art and cinema can do. It can create memory and ensure that this kind of stories are not forgotten. It can make a story, which is shattered, to be a whole again. Then we can make our decisions with more open heart and mind.”

The film tells the story of the Sur resistance. It was entirely shot in Kobane, literally while the war against ISIS was being waged.

In August 2015 Kurds had announced local administrative autonomy for Sur – one of several self-rule declarations in cities and towns across the region. The declaration followed the successful 7 June 2015 elections, which saw the HDP comfortably overcome the 10% almost-impossible-to-be-overcome threshold.

Turkey’s government, unnerved by the possibility of more Kurdish autonomy along the lines of that which exists on the country’s borders with Syria and Iraq, responded with a violent crackdown. Hundreds of militants, security forces and civilians were killed.

Curfews were imposed on several towns and districts in the region, with much of Sur placed under lockdown since November. Indeed, what hit Sur was the longest curfew in history.

The curfew was declared on the same day that the former President of the Bar Association, Tahir Elçi, was murdered in front of the historic Four Legged Minaret on 28 November 2015 in Amed. The curfew however was lifted a day later. Only to be announced again on 2 December. 

In the five months that followed, some 200 people lost their life while Turkish army employed all war machineries to make sure no trace of Sur would remain… They hit the buildings (among the most ancient buildings in Amed) but they hit the people too. Yet they could not win. 

There were 300 YPS members resisting while most of the district had been evacuated when the Turkish army and its mercenaries entered Sur with over 10 thousand men. In the last days of the resistance the F-16s flew over the almost entirely destroyed district. One of the YPS members, Çiyager said: “Whatever happens, the end will be spectacular!”

Cast ARJÎN BAYSAL – DELÎL PÎRAN – CÎHAN SEVE – ARIF DEMÎR – SEVDA KINA

Screenwriter ERSIN ÇELIK – AYSUN GENÇ

Producer DIYAR HESSO – ERSIN ÇELIK

Co-producer ALBA SOTORRA

Production Manager DOĞAN ÇETIN – MAZDEK ARARAT

Director of Photography CEMIL KIZILDAĞ

Music MEHMÛD BERAZÎ

Editors SOSE VARTANIAN – XAVI CARRASCO

Production Design EVA JIN – DILO HESSO

Casting JÎNDA ASMEN – ŞÊRO HINDÊ