Título original: Sinjar
Nora Navas (Carlota)
Halima Ilter (Hadia)
Iman Ido Koro (Arjin)
Guim Puig (Marc)
Mouafaq Rushdie (Abu Omar)
Luisa Gavasa (Carmen)
Franz Harram (Harit)
Àlex Casanovas (Agente Farré)
Hennan Bereket (Hennan)
Samia Naif (Samia)
Mercè Rovira (María)
Duración: 127 min.
Director: Anna Bofarull
Guion: Anna Bofarull
Fotografía: Lara Vilanova
Música: Gerard Pastor
In Barcelona,Carlota desperately searches for Marc, her teenage son who has run away from home without a trace. Thousands of kilometers away, Sinjar, a region located on the border between Iraq and Syria, is under the threat of war. There, Hadia is forced to live as a slave with three of her children in the service of a family. Instead, Arjin manages to escape captivity and, in his attempt to return home, ends up joining the Kurdish militias. Three women separated from their loved ones. How far will they be willing to go to get them back? (Filmax)
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sinjar concentrates production in Marc (Gin Puig). He is a young Catalan convert to Islam who disappears without a trace. Charlotte (Nora Navas), his mother, reports his disappearance until she is informed that he has joined the Islamic State in Syria. Based on this premise, which is a sad reality for the families of some young radicalized Europeans, the other proposed plots are developed. That’s when we find hell.
The Spanish film is the filmmaker’s third feature film Anna M Bofarull, who writes, directs and produces this project. In it, she shows us how far three women are willing to go to recover their relatives, in a fiction based on true stories. We are talking about artisanal cinema with social content.
sinjar portrays the physical and, above all, ideological massacre of members of the Islamic State in the city of the same name, in Iraqi Kurdistan. We are talking about a fiction, but it seems to be a harsh reality of contemporary fundamentalism. In fact, it is based on real events.
The project is impeccable in its execution, commendable in its good intentions, but disjointed when it tries to unite the three stories that don’t converge on screen. The exaggerated 127 minutes of footage is met with an abrupt end.
We are talking about different prisms in the same story that are told from three different perspectives, but combined by pain. The best thing about the film or its message is that it recalls conflicts forgotten by the media and manages to pay special attention to local women.
Important performance by the two-time champion of Goya, Nora Navasthat becomes the best sinjar. After seeing her son Marc suddenly disappear, she feels guilty about being an overconfident mother. Her character has well-considered nuances in a simile to brave mothers.
Eman Eido he correctly interprets Archim. The actress is a true victim of the Islamic State, kidnapped and sold at the age of 9. Kurdish militias give her character meaning and she finds in them the appreciation that as a woman was nullified by the cavemen of the Islamic State.
Halima filter she goes right into Hadia’s character. emotional interpretation. Enslaved in Abu Omar’s household, Hadia endures abuse with complete obedience. She makes her hair stand on end as she endures the morning rapes to which she is surreptitiously subjected by the lord and master of the house where she serves.
sinjar It was filmed in Iraqi Kurdistan, the setting for two of the stories, shot at real locations in the Middle East. It also has sequences recorded in urban spaces in Catalonia. In the technical part, the work in photography of Laura Vilanova who knows how to contrast the color of the urban with that of the rural. Likewise, the golden tone prevails in the eastern scenes while blues prevails in the western part of the recording.
sinjar It seemed to me a film made with very good intentions in its background and attractive in its visual forms. However, the three narrated stories do not find a common link that unites the characters in the filming. Therefore, we could speak of three disconnected and somehow unfinished stories with a script that does not sew the narratives well.
The film realistically reflects what happened in 2014, when the Islamic State occupied much of Iraq and Syria, and how hundreds of women were kidnapped to be sold as sex slaves. In short, we are talking about a correct film in the denunciation of barbarism but undone by a lightning closure that leaves the three narrative lines that give life to the film without unifying.
Report of sinjar at TVE Film Days