Cleveland International Film Festival } April 7 – April 18, 2021 } Playhouse Square

RESISTANCE IS LIFE
(Berxwedan Jîyane)

 

Year: 2017
Country: TURKEY, USA
Run Time: 73 minutes

RESISTANCE IS LIFE
RESISTANCE IS LIFE
RESISTANCE IS LIFE
RESISTANCE IS LIFE

WORLD PREMIERE

Headlines can prevent us from seeing the actual lives effected by catastrophe. One such life is a beautiful eight-year-old named Evlin. When ISIS attacked her village of Kobane in Syria, she and her family fled across the border to Turkey. There they found shelter at a refugee camp. RESISTANCE IS LIFE amplifies the hardship and anguish of this crisis by focusing on Evlin and her family. With Evlin as a powerful human center, this film illuminates the battle against this extremist threat and tells the heroic story of how Kobane rose up and resisted the ISIS onslaught. We never stray from the human element, so quickly lost in Breaking News scrolls and cable news talking heads. Here the horrors are personal, the stakes ultimate. Heroism is helping dad serve dinner or looking after a younger brother as battle rages nearby. With brilliant immediacy, RESISTANCE IS LIFE reminds us this is happening now and we ignore it at the peril of global peace and our own humanity. (In English, Kurdish, Turkish, Arabic, and Italian with subtitles) —C.R.

CIFF41 Screenings

Tower City Cinemas

Monday, April 03, 2017 at 4:30 PM

Tuesday, April 04, 2017 at 6:50 PM

Wednesday, April 05, 2017 at 1:40 PM

Genre
Recommended for High School Students +

Competition
Greg Gund Memorial Standing Up Competition

Related Daily Postings
Life Shines a Light: Hope in a Refugee Camp on the Turkey-Syria Border

Director
Apo W. Bazidi

Apo W. Bazidi was born in 1984 in Turkey. He began studying film at City College of San Francisco and graduated with a B.A. in Film and Television Production from the University of Southern California in 2011. He is a producer, editor, cinematographer, and director. His films focus on social issues and the importance of global cultural interactions.

Filmography
RESISTANCE IS LIFE (2017)

Producers
Apo W. Bazidi, Goran Zaneti

Cinematography
Donato Bragagnolo, Apo W. Bazidi

Editing
Angelo Ciaffi, Apo W. Badizi, Yuta Okamura, Jason Rosenfield

Featuring
Evlin, Newroz, Aladdin, Hemude, Mustafa (credited by first names only)

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