The Kur­dish film “Jiyan”

The Kurdish Globe - - FRONT PAGE - H.G. Has­san

"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.

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