Angels of Sinjar

dir. Hanna Polak / 2022 / Poland, Germany / 113min.
Special Mention in the competition for The Best Polish Film Award; Special mentions in competition for The Lower Silesia Grand Prix - the Award of the Marshall of the Lower Silesian Voivodeship
Hanifa and Saeed barely survived the hell that ISIS inflicted on them and their people. Film by Academy- and Emmy-Award nominee Hanna Polak, is a heartrending cry for justice

Hanifa and Saeed barely survived the hell that ISIS inflicted on them and their people. They belong to the religious ethnic minority known as the Yezidis, living in the Sinjar region of northern Iraq. A severely wounded Saeed, shot and left for dead, managed to crawl out from a mass grave before ISIS fighters buried the victims of the massacre—most of his loved ones among them. Hanifa was able to escape kidnapping, but her five younger sisters were enslaved by the Islamic State and taken to points unknown. To keep her promise to her dying father, Hanifa embarks on a heroic, deadly mission to find the girls and bring them home.

Angels of Sinjar, by Academy-and Emmy-Award nominee Hanna Polak, is a heartrending cry for justice. An exposé of a terrible crime against humanity, it reveals the horrors of a forgotten genocide and the people who are denied all of their rights—but it’s also a testament to their courage and strength.

duration:
113 min
country / year of production:
Poland, Germany / 2022
director:
Hanna Polak
cinematography:
Hanna Polak, Mariusz Margas, Mykhailo Puziurin
producer:
Hanna Polak, Simone Baumann / Hanna Polak Films, Saxonia Entertainment
selected festivals and awards:
2022 – FIFDH Geneve
sections:
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competitions:
Millennium Bank Award – Grand Prix Amnesty International Poland Award Best Polish Film Award
tags:
politics religions human rights Middle East war awarded-2

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