The Kurdish film “Jiyan”
"Jiyan" or "Life" as it's known in English is a Kurdish film written and directed by Jano Rosebiani. The story sets off in Halabja during the infamous chemical bombing with an intense mood of confusion, fear, and mourning. Diyari, portrayed as an ardent young man, determines to bring back happiness to the orphans who lost their homes and families in Halabja, which happens to be coincidentally his own hometown too. Diyari comes back to Halabja to try and set up an orphanage.
It is here where he meets Jiyan, a parentless ten-yearold survivor who made it out of the chemical and biological bombardment of Halabja with a large grotesque burn wound across her cheek. They share a deep understanding and soon a strange sort of friendship was formed between the two. Diyari decides to name his orphanage after her. Jiyan is the only one of the orphans that Diyari manages to infuse hope to.
Diyari also meets his only surviving relative Shérco, a twelve-year-old whose family also perished in the chemical attack. The three of them build a weird sort of trust in their friendship. Slowly, but surely, dreams and aspirations blossom in the depths of their innocent childlike minds, where the trio tries to rehabilitate and repair themselves emotionally from a fate so unfair to them.