This film was part of the 2018 Camden International Film Festival

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Commander Arian - A Story of Women, War & Freedom

On the front line of the Syrian war, 30-year-old Commander Arian guides a female battalion towards the city of Kobane to release its people from the grip of ISIS in Alba Sotorra's empowering tale of emancipation and freedom. When the war in Syria erupted, a group of women from the Kurdish resistance formed the YPJ – Women’s Protection Units. Arian, who at a young age had witnessed the barbaric treatment of sexual assault victims, leads the unit and dedicates her life to defeating ISIS. As the YPJ inches closer to its target, she implores her comrades to discover the true meaning of their fight: freedom for the next generation of women. With unprecedented access to the commander and her troops, including harrowing scenes of Arian’s slow recovery from multiple bullet wounds, Sotorra brilliantly crafts an enthralling portrait of a woman on a mission.

Film Details

Title: Commander Arian - A Story of Women, War & Freedom
Year: 2018
Director: Alba Sotorra
Producer: Stefano Strocchi
Country: Germany, Spain, Syria
Runtime: 77 mins
Category: Features

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