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Shingal, Where Are You? Directed
Angelos Rallis Greece / 2017 / 99 minutes East Coast Premiere
In Kurdish with subtitles
Times and Venues:
Upstate Films WOODSTOCK
Upstate Films II RHINEBECK
Q&A Attendees *subject to change: Angelos Rallis, Maria del Mar Rodriguez Yebra
In 2014, the Yezidis, a persecuted minority in Iraq, were driven from their ancestral land by ISIS during a campaign of genocide in which more than 3,000 women and children were kidnapped. Caught in raw, sweeping cinematography, Shingal: Where are You weaves together the dramatic stories of the remaining young boys and their families, relegated to an abandoned coal mine on the Turkish border and longing for their lost home. In this poignant and beautifully executed documentary, we witness one family's desperate fight to buy back their daughter from ISIS, negotiating on the cell phone through various middlemen. Using technology to communicate confidential information in an area ravaged by terrorism, the ambiguity between powerlessness and power, hope and despair, all conveyed via digital communication, is as astonishing as it is heart breaking. While the plight of a persecuted people may seem unpleasant, director Angelos Rallis has created a touching film that is profound and compelling. — Ben F. Fischer
BIO: Angelos Rallis is a producer, director, social scientist and photojournalist who started his career as a theatre play director for the Greek National Television. He then moved to UK to do research in visual sociology in the Centre for Urban and Community Research and commenced a long-term project documenting London's East End emerging cultures and communities. He is an elected member of the International Federation of Journalists since 2006 and his work in Africa and Asia has been published in newspapers, and has been used by press agencies and NGOs around the world. He is the director of the award - winning theatrical documentary film A Place for Everyone (10 awards at International festivals) and the producer, director and cinematographer of the film Shingal Where Are You? premiered at IDFA 2016.
Executive Producer(s): Maria del Mar Rodriguez Yebra, Giorgos Rallis
Producer(s): Angelos Rallis for AR Productions, Hans Ulrich Gössl
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