Has their time finally come?
The Kurdish path to recognition is defined by contradictions. While Turkey makes war with its Kurdish provinces, oil-rich Iraqi Kurdistan depends on Ankara for the delivery of its wealth. As a result Iraq's glittering Kurdish North, with its new shopping malls and busy airports, has become a shining example to the rest of the Middle East. And across the border in Syria the socialist YPG Kurdish forces are a model army, disciplined, cohesive and powerful.
Returning home after Turkish security forces attacked his property, a Kurdish resident of Sylvan protests against the violence issued upon his people by the Turkish army: "What if the baby had been in here during the attack?!", he cries in front of his destroyed house. "We want peace. That's enough! We want peace!" Yet, the spirit of the Kurd appears strong. As the local MP surveys the losses suffered, the people of the city raise their arms towards the sky: "Victory shall be ours" they whisper.
Whilst years of armed struggle by the PKK seemed to invalidate the case for Kurdish independence, recent fierce Kurdish defence against the Islamic State, and relatively liberal attitudes regarding issues such as women and ecology, has further brought the Kurds unprecedented levels of international recognition and respect.
Through the eyes of the Kurdish minority, this timely and compelling film reveals the fascinating complexity of politics and identity in the Kurdish territories. At a unique point in the region's history of conflict, Kurdish voices express the hope that they may at last achieve the recognition - and perhaps statehood - they have for so long fought for. LEARN MORE
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