Writer/director Anna M Bofarull’s drama Sinjar, the story of three women whose lives are shattered by ISIS and whose intertwined journeys on two continents to find their shared destiny in fighting back, has recently been acquired by Spanish sales and distribution outfit Filmax for international rights.
The film, which was partially shot in Iraq Kurdistan-where two of the story strands are set – and Spain, is produced by Spanish operation KaBoGa and US company Genius at Large. Filmax, which will also release the film in Spain, will give the film a market premiere at the Cannes Pre-Screenings week.
Sinjar stars Nora Navas, Halima Ilter and newcomer Eman Eido, a young Yazidi woman who was in real life captured and held hostage by ISIS for four years. The film, though, does not portray her own real-life story. The film tells the story of Carlota (Navtas), a middle-aged Spanish woman looking for her son, who recently joined the Yihad; Hadia is a Yazidi slave, imprisoned in a house in Syria with three of her children, and Arjin is a young woman who escapes from captivity and who joins the Kurdish militia. The three of them have the same enemy... the Islamic State.
In her director’s statement when the film was being developed, Bofarull said:” Cinema has the power to bring amazing stories to the audience, but it has also the power to let them know what’s happening around the world. Arjin, Hadia andCarlota’s stories are fiction but there are so many details shared with so many real women, that I feel a broad audience should know about it.
“Because it’s important, it’s relevant and people’s pain should never leave our society indifferent. Closely watching these characters - their feelings, their pain, their thoughts, their love - should make a difference.”
Iván Díaz, head of international at Filmax, was quoted in ScreenDaily as saying:” “This is very much a naturalist movie. It exudes realism and freshness and gives a very accurate portrayal of the tragedy that so many people in this and other parts of the world have had to live through.”