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The Dark Wind

Fall Grant 2015 - Post-Production Stage

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Hussein Hassan / Feature Narrative / Iraq, Germany, Qatar / 92 min / Original Language: Kurdish / Interests: Women, Drama, Politics, Social Issues, War


Reko and Pero, a young Yazidi couple, prepare for family life in their village Boza. Suddenly, Islamic State fighters attack the Shingal region of Kurdistan. At this moment, Reko is absent. Some villagers are able to flee, while the fighters take the young Yazidi girls and Pero captive. Pero has to sustain torture, humiliation and rape during her ordeal. When Reko hears of the attack, he tries to find his relatives and manages to find his parents. After they are safe in a refugee camp, Reko continues searching for Pero. In Syria, he is able to track her down with the assistance of some female Kurdish fighters. When she arrives at the refugee camp, however, Pero learns that the “new” freedom is equally difficult to surviving captivity. The proud Yazidi culture makes it impossible for Pero and Reko to find a way back to normality. ‘The Dark Wind’ continues to menace their future.


Hussein Hassan
Mehmet Aktas, Hussein Hassan
Mehmet Aktas
Production Company
Mîtos Film Iraq

About the Director

Hussein Hassan is a Kurdish director, writer and actor. In 2006, he shot ‘Narcissus Blossom’, his first feature-length film, which was screened in the Panorama section at the Berlin International Film Festival, where it won the Amnesty International Film Prize, and at the Toronto International Film Festival. In 2009, Hassan finished ‘Herman’, his second film as writer and director, which had its premiere at the Busan International Film Festival.

Awards and Festival History


Duhok International Film Festival 2016 (WP)
Busan International Film Festival 2016, Closing Night Film


Best Muhr Fiction Feature, Dubai International Film Festival 2016
Great Newcomer Award, Mannheim-Heidelberg 2016
UNESCO Award, Asia Pacific Screen Awards 2016


  • Director

    Hussein Hassan

    International School of Choueifat
  • Main Contact

    Janna Heine


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