A 157

Behrouz Nouranipour

Iran 2015, 70min.

As The Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought, the highest honour bestowed by the European Parliament was awarded to two young Yezidi women, Nadia Murad and Lamija Adschi, the media community took a brief look at the overwhelming human disaster and terror against young women in the Syrian’s conflict zones. Of course, not only those of Yezidi origin, but thousands of women are victims of organised crime, largely committed by the lower ranks of IS-manipulated ‘religious believers’, who only know the Koran as a book with too many pages.

Again, Doc Festival Leipzig emphasises its rational awareness of actual and urgent issues, which, unfortunately, not all documentary festivals are ready to be confronted with. The latest festival offers, with Behrouz Nouranipour’s A 157, a profound look at the psychological and social conditions of women who have been confronted with the murder of their own family members, having been taken away to unknown locations and imprisoned in caves. They have suffered long-term, systematic sexual abuse at the hands of ‘believers’ who, through their orientation books were told what they can do to their female victims, whatever their age. Females are used as gifts for services to war, their recipients, assisted by waiting buyers on the outside, are ready to take them to even remoter locations.

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