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In the 2010s, the Islamic State began a genocidal campaign against the Yezidis, a religious and ethnic minority in northern Iraq, slaughtering men and abducting scores of women as slaves. Hanifa survived the attack on her village in 2014, but her sisters were all taken captive. Determined to stay in Iraq and retrieve each one, Hanifa endures the desolation that her community faces in a society that doesn't want them. Saeed Murad, the brother of Nobel Peace laureate Nadia Murad, also remains in Iraq, trying to support the Yezidis living among those who betrayed them. Miraculously, Hanifa's sisters Alya and Zina are rescued and sent to safety in Germany, but can she save the other three? Oscar– and Emmy–nominated filmmaker Hanna Polak tracks Hanifa's mission into one of the most underreported and dangerous places on earth. Formidable threats and sorrow punctuate each stage of this perilous rescue diary, which affords a rare look into a still-devastated land. Myrocia Watamaniuk


  • Director(s)

    • Hanna Polak
  • Producer(s)

    • Hanna Polak
    • Simone Baumann
  • Writer(s)

    • Hanna Polak
  • Editor(s)

    • Marcin Kot Bastkowski
  • Cinematography

    • Hanna Polak
    • Mariusz Margas
    • Mykhailo Puziurin
  • Composer

    • Lukasz Pieprzyk
  • Sound

    • Bartez Putkiewicz

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