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Opening Night: Mediha (15*) [UK Premiere] + ScreenTalk

Human Rights Watch Film Festival 2024

A woman looks into the distance against a sunset

Image Credit: © Mediha

Mediha, a teenage Yazidi girl recently returned from Islamic State captivity, turns the camera on herself, capturing an astonishing journey as she confronts her past in order to fight for her future.

In 2014, ISIS committed atrocity crimes against the Yazidis, a small religious and ethnic minority in Northern Iraq. Those who survived are still unable to return home. Mediha and her brothers, Ghazwan and Adnan, must now rebuild their lives with the whereabouts of their parents and brother unknown. Mediha takes us on her quest for justice by initiating investigations to uncover the truth about the people who caused her family harm and sharing her story with the world.

Discussion to follow with filmmaker Hasan Oswald, moderated by Yasmine Ahmed, UK director at Huan Rights Watch.

A limited number of tickets will be set aside for each in-person screening as 'Pay What You Can'. 

Iraq/Syria/Turkey 2023 Dir Hasan Oswald 90 min (English, Arabic, Turkish, Kurdish with English subtitles)

Content Advisory: This film contains imagery of threat and terror, and descriptions of atrocity crimes, violence, and sexual and physical abuse.

This film is captioned and audio-described; the discussion panel following the film will be live-captioned.

Also streaming across the UK + Ireland from 18-24 March, online audiences can watch the film at their own pace.

A woman looks into the distance against a sunset

Watch the trailer for Mediha

Watch the trailer for Mediha, showing as part of Human Rights Watch Film Festival on Thu 14 Mar 

‘It’s empowering to see Mediha as both a character and creator. you really empathise with her and understand why it’s so important to bring home the thousands of Yazidis who are still missing.‘
Sarah Sanbar, Middle East and North Africa Division, Human Rights Watch

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