The Dark Wind
Fall Grant 2015 - Post-Production Stage
Current project status: COMPLETED
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
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.
Production Company Profile
mîtosfilm is an independent production company based in Berlin and Erbil. We produce fiction and documentary films that are of high artistic quality and that tell authentic, personal stories. Our co-productions aim to address cinema viewers all over the world, and our main goal is to build a cultural and artistic bridge between Kurdish and European cultures, thereby creating new, fruitful relations among them. The results are interesting and meaningful films that bring a special sensibility toward the past, present and future of culture, and that make use of the full potential of those filmmakers who grew up, live and work between these two worlds.
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