Documentary Competition


Zaynê Akyol
Artistic Collaborations Female Director Documentaries 2022 128 min Canada (Quebec)
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Talking with ISIS

Set in Syrian Kurdistan, liberated from the occupation of the Islamic State, whose jihadist members are currently in prison. Kurdish filmmaker Zaynê Akyol has been given permission to question them about their ideas, their past and the future. Her approach is typical of those who want to understand before they pass sentence. Their stories take shape, framed by a mise en scène that shifts between words, faces and aerial views of the landscape. Rojek is an unexpected look at a far-reaching current political issue.

Screening of the film ROJEK in collaboration with the Canadian Embassy and followed by an online Q&A with the director Zaynê Akyol.
With the support of the Délégation Générale du Québec à Bruxelles


  • Zaynê Akyol


  • Nicolas Canniccioni
  • Arshia Shakiba


  • Arshia Shakiba
  • Sylvain Brassard


  • Roger Tellier-Craig


  • Metafilms


Friday 03 March 2023 20:30
Lieux : Cinémathèque
Audio : Arabic, English, French, Kurdish
Subtitles : English
Screening : Public Screening
Sunday 05 March 2023 20:30
Lieux : Ciné Utopia
Audio : Arabic, English, French, Kurdish
Subtitles : French
Screening : Public Screening

Zaynê Akyol

Zaynê Akyol
Zaynê Akyol

A graduate of the School of Media at the Université du Québec in Montréal, Zaynê Akyol also completed a master’s degree in communication, film, focusing her research on relational and creative issues in documentary.
In 2016 she made her first feature documentary, Gulîstan, Land of Roses, a portrayal of Kurdish combatants at war against Daesh. The film was selected at over 80 international festivals and won 12 awards, including the prestigious Doc Alliance Award at the
Her interest in image and politics also led her to photography. Her first exhibition that was extensively shown was Rojekê, un jour (2016), tells the resistance through female faces. She is planning a second series of photographs expected with the release of Rojek.


  • Rojek 2022
  • Gulîstan / Land of Roses / Terre de roses (documentary) 2016
  • Iki bulut arasinda (short film) 2010
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