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Directed by Reha Erdem

2013, in Turkish and Kurdish with English subtitles


122 minutes


Described as a modern take on Little Red Riding Hood, this film focuses on Jîn, a Kurdish teenager who relies on her survival instincts when she flees to the forest, intent on reuniting with her family. She escapes armed military men and creates a space for herself in the dark and forbidding wilderness, where she courageously battles hunger, befriends animals, and dodges bullets.

“Her mettle shines through in her wary but caregiving encounter with an injured Turkish soldier. All in all, she’s a very empathetic character. As a result, Erdem paints a compassionate portrait of a rebel—one that a U.S. ally, Turkey, would consider a terrorist. You don’t need to be current on Kurdish politics to know what side you’ll learn towards while watching this movie.” —