Zaynê Akyol
2022 - Documentary - 127 min

Homegrown cinema


Québec (Canada)
Kurdish, English, Arabic, French

ROJEK meets incarcerated members of the Islamic State, and their wives held in prison camps, from all corners of the world and sharing a common ideal: establishing a caliphate. Confronting the fundamentalist beliefs of the jihadists, the film attempts to trace the beginning, the rise and the fall of the Islamic State (IS) through their personal stories. These conversations form the thread of this documentary through which various sequences describing post-war Syrian Kurdistan are interwoven.


ROJEK offers an intimate look at an unknown reality, witnessing pivotal moments experienced by the actors of this conflict. The film addresses how this ideological war is only the beginning of a new threat.


Hot Docs — DGC Special Jury Prize for Canadian Feature Documentary

FST - French subtitles
EST - English subtitles
CC - Closed captions

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