The Dark Wind

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    The Dark Wind


    Directed by

    Iraq, Germany, Qatar


    92 min

    • Arabic
    • Kurdish


    Reko (33) and Pero (23) are a Yazidi couple preparing for their wedding, when ISIS fighters attack their village. Young Yazidi girls, including Pero, are sold as slaves and are tortured and raped. Reko, who escapes the attack as he was at work as a security guard at an American oil firm, is devastated by the attack. While searching for his family and Pero, he witnesses the tragic consequences of the attacks on the Yazidis. Eventually, he finds his family and Pero, who has been liberated and in a refugee camp. A sweeping narrative of love and courage against the backdrop of one of the most horrific war crimes of our time.


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    • Best Fiction Feature, Best Muhr Fiction Feature - Dubai IFF
    • Grand Newcomer Award - IFF Mannheim-Heidelberg
    • APSA Cultural Diversity Award - Asia Pacific Screen Awards
    • Audience Award (Fiction), Lyceen Jury Prize - FICA Vesoul
    • FIPRESCI Award - Dhaka IFF


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    Rekesh Shehbaz
    Diman Zandi
    Maryam Boobani
    Imad Lezgin
    Mehmet Aktas
    Hussein Hassan
    Touraj Aslani
    Ebrahim Saeedi
    Mustafa Biber


    Surprisingly brisk and straightforward in its storytelling.

    Elizabeth Kerr, The Hollywood Reporter

    Hussein Hassan

    Hussein Hassan


    Hussein Hassan is a well-known director, writer and actor in Kurdistan. In 2006 he shot his first feature film NARCISSUS BLOSSOM which was screened at the Panorama section at the 56th Internationale Filmfestspiele Berlin (Berlinale) and at the Toronto International Film Festival. The film was awarded with the Amnesty International Film Prize at the Berlinale. In 2009 Hassan finished his second feature film as writer and director called HERMAN which premiered at Pusan International Film Festival. Hassan also directed 29 episodes for the Kurdish TV-Drama DILAN which was screened at KurdSat in 2008. He also directed ten episodes of the KurdSat TV-Drama MY DREAM from 2009 to 2010.

    Although constantly working on his own film projects since 2006, Hassan is also successful as actor. He played the leading role in Shawkat Amin Korki's awarded film CROSSING THE DUST (2006) and was the main actor in Korki's award-winning film MEMORIES ON STONE (2014). Recently, he acted in Batin Ghobadi's MARDAN (2014) which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival. It was the official "Oscar" suggestion from Iraq in 2014.