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Poster for Sabaya


Opens on January 30

Director: Hogir Hirori Run Time: 91 min.

Country: Sweden | Languages: Kurdish and Arabic with English subtitles

This film screened on January 30, 2021, as part of the Sundance Film Festival 2021 satellite screenings in Columbus, Ohio. Watch the Q&A replay with the filmmakers and Sudeep Sharma, Sundance Film Festival Programmer, here.

Official Selection of Sundance Film Festival 2021, World Premiere, World Cinema Documentary Competition

About the film:

With just a mobile phone and a gun, Mahmud, Ziyad and their group risk their lives trying to save Yazidi women and girls being held by ISIS as Sabaya (abducted sex slaves) in the most dangerous camp in the Middle East, Al-Hol in Syria. From Director and Screenwriter Hogir Hirori, and Producers Antonio Russo Merenda, and Hogir Hirori.

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