OUR WAR

By Benedetta ARGENTIERI, Bruno CHIARAVALLOTI, Claudio JAMPAGLIA

POSSIBILE FILM - as PROD

Documentary - Completed 2016

Who fights against ISIS? Three westerners joined the kurds of the Peoples Protection Units (YPG), in northern Syria, to fight the self-declared Islamic State. Their choice affects us and our future.

Festivals
& Awards

Stockholm IFF 2016
Stockholm Documentary Competition
Filmmaker 2016
Special Event
DocUnder30 2016
Opening Film
Venice - Biennale 2016
Out of Competition
Stockholm IFF 2016
Doc Competition
    • Year of production
    • 2016
    • Genres
    • Documentary, Social issues, Drama
    • Countries
    • ITALY
    • Languages
    • ENGLISH, ITALIAN, KURDISH, ARABIC
    • Budget
    • 0 - 0.3 M$
    • Duration
    • 68 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Benedetta ARGENTIERI, Bruno CHIARAVALLOTI, Claudio JAMPAGLIA
    • Writer(s)
    • Claudio JAMPAGLIA, Benedetta ARGENTIERI, Chiara VULLO
    • Producer(s)
    • Lorenzo GANGAROSSA, Paola MALANGA (RAI CINEMA), Riccardo ANNONI (Start)
    • Synopsis
    • A US Marine veteran, an Italian anticapitalist activist, and a Swedish bodyguard. At first these three characters might have nothing in common, though they share a decision to fight in the same war. In fact they all joined as volunteers in the People’s Protection Units (YPG) in Rojava, a region under Kurdish control in northern Syria.
      Karim, Joshua and Rafael are foreign fighters, they left their families and their lives to go on the ground and fight the so-called Islamic State (ISIS).
      The documentary has original footage from the battlefield, which blends in with their daily life in USA, Italy, Sweden. The three characters talk about their comrades and friends who died on the battlefield and how they will continue to support the Kurdish struggle. In volunteering to fight in a war that is so distant from their daily life the question is, what are they fighting for?
      This documentary is about a social phenomena which sees young westerners taking matters into their own hands, volunteering to fight ISIS, rather than joining the military and waiting for their governments to act. Their motivations may differ, but in a world influenced by social media and instantaneous communications, the lines between their world and the ruthless war in the Middle East became inextricably blurred.
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