RESEBA (THE DARK WIND) is inspired by true events relating to the attack on the Shingal region in Iraqi Kurdistan by the Islamic State in 2014.
Reko (Rekesh Shabaz) and Pero (Diman Zandi) are a newly engaged couple whose Yazidi village is attacked. Some of the villagers are killed, but Pero and other young women are kidnapped. Reko was away during the attack and he along with his family are displaced to a refugee camp. Despite the passage of time, Reko doesn’t give up hope of finding Pero and subsequently learns that she may have been sold in the slave market and could be present in the Kurdish part of Syria.
Hussein Hassan’s RESEBA is a timely film that brings a great detail of realism as it was shot partly on location in refugee camps in Iraqi Kurdistan. Aided by Turaj Aslani’s remarkable cinematography, the film highlights how multiple generations of Yazidi people were dramatically impacted by the 2014 attack and the forced displacement in its aftermath.
RESEBA will be preceded by the short film:
TRAIN TO PEACE (Zug Nach Peace) - Germany - 9 min - Jost Althoff / Jakob Weyde
While travelling on a Berlin subway, a man's recollections of his past in Iraq are drawn out by the sights and sounds around him.