The competition at this year’s Cannes Film Festival also features the film ‘Girls of the Sun’ about Kurdish women fighting against DAESH (ISIS), directed by French director Eva Husson.
Eva Husson and two other woman directors compete for the Golden Palm at Cannes this year, a response to last year’s criticism “Are women just walking on the red carpet at Cannes?”.
Freedom, resistance and heroism come to the forefront in the film about the struggle of a group of female fighters, led by a female commander named Bahar, who was captured during the occupation of Shengal in 2014 and then rescued.
The film is told by a French woman journalist who witnessed three days of attempt of saving the occupied city. The film is interpreted by actors like Golshifteh Farahani, Emmanuelle Bercot and Zübeyde Bulut. The languages are French, Kurdish, Arabic and English.
The 1 hour and 55 minutes long movie was screened at Cannes Film Festival on Saturday and attracted great attention. The movie, filmed in the spring of 2017, features all-female artists and crew, and thus left its mark on Cannes.
The premier of the movie witnessed solidarity as 82 women including Cate Blanchett, Kristen Stewart, Claudia Cardinale, Marion Cotillard, Léa Seydoux, Selma Hayek, Eva Husson, Golshifteh Farahani and Emmanuelle Berco appeared on the red carpet against discrimination and injustice.
The women’s solidarity at the premier of the movie on Kurdish women is considered to be a message of support for the struggle of Kurdish women in addition to being a reaction against discrimination against women.