Film: “The Girl Who Saved My Life” in Bern (15/9 + 17/9)
“There’s a war in my home country again.” That’s how the filmmaker Hogir Hirori begins the film “The Girl Who Saved My Life”. In August 2014 he leaves his pregnant wife in Sweden to travel to his homeland, Iraqi Kurdistan, and recount the fates that have affected the over 1.4 million people fleeing ISIS.
Hirori is offered to come along on a helicopter transport to the Shingal Mountains, where hundreds of thousands of people are stuck without access to food or water, surrounded by the IS. But, on his way to the helicopter, he finds an 11-year-old girl in pain, lying alone on the ground in scorching heat. He decides to stay and help her instead of going on the helicopter. Later, he learns that the helicopter crashed, and that this way the little girl saved his life. Hogir sets out on a quest to find the girl again, and on his way he meets many other victims of war: women sold as slaves to the IS, families torn apart, children kidnapped, men beheaded and lives destroyed.
The film is part of “Neue Schwedische Filme”-festival at Cinématte, Bern and shown in cooperation with the SI (Swedish Institute) and the Embassy of Sweden in Switzerland.
Dates: 15 + 17 Sept.: Cinématte, Bern (original version with German subtitles)
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