SPECIAL SCREENING: 14th of October (5 PM) and 15th of October (5:40 PM). Conversation with director Zaynê Akyol (Canada) and cinematographer Arshia Shakiba.
The filmmaker Zaynê Akyol gives them a voice, trying to trace the beginning, the rise and fall of the Islamic State (ISIS) through their personal stories. At the same time Rojek draws associations between their stories and their consequences through contrasting tableaux shots, showing a still burning devastation of the land and its inhabitants, all implicitly questioning the sustainability and longevity of peace. Confronted with the fundamentalist beliefs of the jihadists, the film attempts to trace the beginning, the rise and fall of the Islamic State (ISIS) through their personal stories. These conversations are the thread along which the documentary evolves, intertwined with various sequences depicting current, post-war Syrian Kurdistan. ROJEK offers an intimate gaze at an unknown reality, testifying of pivotal moments experienced by the actors of this conflict.The film tackles how this ideological war is only the beginning of a new kind of threat.