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Sabaya (15)

Armed with just a mobile phone and a gun, a group of volunteers risk their lives trying to save women and girls being held by ISIS.

Five years ago, Daesh (also known as ISIS) killed thousands of Yazidis in the Sinjar province of Iraq and abducted thousands of Yazidi women and girls to be held and sold as sex slaves—called Sabaya.

The film follows Mahmud, Ziyad and other volunteers from the Yazidi Home Center in an attempt to rescue the Sabaya,who are still being held by Daesh in the Al-Hol Camp, Syria. Accompanied by female infiltrators—some of them former Sabaya—and armed with nothing but an old mobile phone and a small gun, they must act extremely quickly to avoid potential violence.

Directed by acclaimed Swedish/Kurdish film-maker Hogir Hirori, Sabaya was the winner of the World Documentary Directing Award at the 2021 Sundance Film Festival.

  • DIRECTOR: Hogir Hirori

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