The first look at Eva Husson’s Girls of the Sun movie has been unveiled. Golshifteh Farahani stars as a Kurdish-Yazidi woman who fights against the Islamic State.
Militants were driven out of the last part of the Yazidi homeland in May 2017. However, most Yazidis have yet to return to villages they fled when Islamic State over-ran Sinjar in the summer of 2014, killing and capturing thousands because of their faith.
Nearly 3,000 Yazidi women and children remain in Islamic State captivity, and control over Sinjar is disputed by rival armed factions and their regional patrons. Justice for the crimes Yazidis suffered, including sexual enslavement, has also so far proved elusive.
Now Yazidi women fighters are back to avenge the horrors she and thousands of others suffered.
Girls of the Sun is a story of resistance and sisterhood. A fight for hope. This film is a unique tribute to those women.
Somewhere in Kurdistan, not too long ago, Bahar (Farahani), a young lawyer, visits her family. In a bloody attack led by extremists, her husband is killed, and she’s taken prisoner with her son and thousands of other women and children.
A few months after her escape, she’s now the commander of the “Girls of the Sun”, a female battalion. The objective: to take back the town where extremists captured she and her family. By her side, Mathilde (Bercot), a veteran war reporter, follows the daily life of the “Girls of the Sun” during the three days of the offensive. Bahar shares with Mathilde the succession of events that brought these women here together, united by their quest for hope and justice.
Out of this unimaginable situation, a universal sisterhood is born: the bond between the “Girls of the Sun”.