Shingal, Where Are You?

( Kani Shingal? )

Angelos Rallis (Director) Hans Ulrich Gossl (Co-director)

  • Kurdish (with English subtitles); 103 min
Special Mention (International Competition) - Thessaloniki Documentary Festival

Shingal, Where Are You? - Angelos Rallis (Director) - Hans Ulrich Gossl (Co-director)

Greece, Belgium, Austria, 2015, 103 min
  • Production: AR Productions / International Sales: Cargo Film & Releasing

Kani Shingal? (Shingal, where are you?) weaves together the dramatic tales of a group of Yezidis – a religious minority from Shingal in Northern Iraq – following the attempted genocide by ISIS, the destruction of the Yezidi homeland and the kidnapping of 3,000 Yezidi women.
Set in an abandoned coal mine on the borders of Turkey, Syria and Iraq the fleeing Yezidis try to make sense of the disaster that has befallen them. Central to this story is the Havind family as they struggle to rescue their daughter, Viyan. Through the help of intermediaries, they attempt to negotiate her release from ISIS in exchange for ransom.
Told in raw cinematography from the parallel perspective of three generations of Yezidis, Kani Shingal? is a cinematic exploration of loss and recollection of Yezidi identity, once more threatened by the tumultuous geopolitics engulfing their homeland.