No Friends but the Mountains
22 Feb 2019
Flanders Audiovisual Fund (VAF)
In a region where mountains sternly dominate the skyline, stretched across the man-made borders of Iraq, Syria and Turkey, lies Kurdistan: the region that the Kurdish people call home. It’s not uncommon for journalists and news teams to show footage of Kurdish warriors in the ongoing battle against IS. These warriors of the PKK seem to be the only armed forces with boots on the ground able to push back the IS troops. Reports make us understand against whom they wage war, however we rarely hear what goals they’re fighting for. What is it that make these Kurds such a fierce, dedicated and dependable power? Is this just a fight for independence? Or is something much more profound at stake?