Blackberry Season / Dema Dirîrêskan

country, year
Kurdistan, Iraq, France, Syria, 2021

genre
fiction

running time
95′

directed by
Hasim Aydemir

languages
Kurdish, Turkish

subtitles
Slovenian

about the film
Back in his hometown after his university studies, Servan is witness to the burning down of his village and a series of other atrocities which eventually lead him to join the Kurdish resistance. In the ranks of the Kurdish liberation movement, he is seriously injured in clashes with the Turkish army. In order not to slow down his comrades and allow them to escape, Servan insists that he be left behind. Against all odds, he survives, enduring several days of acute pain. However, his friends cannot come back to pick him up, the area being surrounded by Turkish soldiers. As the soldiers approach, Servan decides to leave his hide away in spite of his serious injuries. He sets out to find his friends, overcoming countless obstacles in the forest, but nevertheless helped by Kurdish villagers throughout his journey. However, he is hunted down by death squads and village guards.

about the author
Hasim Aydemir was born in Agirî/Tutak, in 1980. He has worked at Azadiya Welat newspaper and at Ozgür gündem as a columnist and was la long-term associate of the Cinema Academy of the Middle East. He has been in jail as a political prisoner.

festivals and awards
La Mostra de València
Barcelona Kurdish Film Festival
Slemani International Film Festival
Dhaka International Film Festival

filmography
Ax û Jiyan (2010-2012)
Ref (2013-2014)