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Sabaya Unclassified 18+

Director: Hogir Hirori
Origin: Sweden (2021)
Language: Arabic, Kurdish with English subtitles
Genre: Documentary Themes: Human Rights, War, Women

Viewer advice: Contains themes of sexual violence


Winner of the 2021 Sundance Directing Award for World Cinema Documentary, this daring film tracks a band of volunteers out to rescue ISIS sex slaves from an infamous Syrian border camp.

It’s a harrowing story: in the notorious Al-Hol refugee camp in north-eastern Syria, ISIS supporters abducted thousands of Yazidi women – many of them teenagers and young girls – to be held and sold as sex slaves, or sabaya. In his bold and breathless documentary, Iraqi-born, Sweden-based filmmaker Hogir Hirori follows a small group of Yazidi volunteers, whom he dubs “inflitrators”, as they risk their lives in an attempt to free these women and girls and reunite them with their families.

Sabaya is both a feat of immersive, often dangerous filmmaking – at one point, Hirori’s camera is hidden behind the veil of a niqab – and an unobtrusive, almost observational account of its subjects, a distance that gives them agency over what they choose to reveal. And while the film is frequently confronting, it is also a remarkable story of resilience and heroism in the face of gruesome inhumanity.

“Gripping, harrowing, superb … Hogir Hirori’s startling Sabaya [is] an intense, deeply embedded documentary.” – Variety

In Cinema

Fri 13 Aug 6:45 pm [14051]
Sabaya (91 mins)
ACMI 1
Assisted ListeningWheelchair Access
Past event
Fri 20 Aug 9:00 pm [14371]
Sabaya (91 mins)
Hoyts 3
Assisted ListeningWheelchair Access
Past event

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Online

40444
Fri 06 Aug 9:00 am [40444]
Sabaya (91 mins)
Online 100% Subtitles Subtitles
Past event
Director
Hogir Hirori
Producers
Antonio Russo Merenda, Hogir Hirori
Screenwriter
Hogir Hirori
Cinematographer
Hogir Hirori
Composer
Mohammed Zaki
Editor
Hogir Hirori
Premiere Status
Australian Premiere
Format
Digital
Company Credit
World Sales: Dogwoof

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