How do you provide hope when surrounded by war? Radio Kobani follows the young Dilovan, who uses her radio station to bring hope to her listeners that slowly start to think of a future again. Just like Dilovan herself. Slowly but surely, Dilovan is able to enjoy the lighter sides of life again: listening to music, flirting in the park, falling in love. Radio Kobani won the Beeld and Geluid IDFA Award for Dutch Documentary last year. Come and watch this documentary with us, together with Kobani director Reber Dosky. He will share his thoughts on the film and his experiences while making it.
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The Syrian border town of Kobanî was occupied and destroyed by IS. When liberation came, 20-year-old Kurdish reporter Dilovan started a radio station. She and her friend Biter report on refugee camps, talk to survivors and interview fighters and musicians. The broadcasts seem to offer their listeners comfort and a sense of stability, as reconstruction gets underway and cautiously they dare to think about the future again. The film documents events in Kobanî over a three-year period, both during and after the fighting. Over subdued images of the war-torn town, Dilovan reads a letter to the child she hopes to have one day, describing the merciless terror to which IS subjected Kobanî and the terrible effects this has had on the lives of her friends and family.
Reber Dosky (1975, Dohuk/Kurdistan) is a Kurdish-Dutch filmmaker. Living in The Netherlands since 1998, he went studied film direction at the Film Academy in Amsterdam. He will give a personal introduction and share some insights on the topic.
- Produced by Jos de Putter for Dieptescherpte BV
- Directed by Reber Dosky
- Language: English subtitles
- Duration: 72 minutes