Hit by 5 bullets, commander Arian experiences the cost of war in the flesh as she is forced to redefine her role in the struggle for women’s freedom.

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Filmmakers: Alba Sotorra
Country: Germany, Spain, Syria
Runtime: 52', 77'
Year: 2018
Format: HD



HotDocs Film Festival 2018



Director Alba Sotorra follows YPJ Commander Arian and her group of female fighters into the heart of the Syrian War, as they break through the siege of Kobane on an epic mission to liberate their lands from ISIS.  Hit by 5 bullets, Arian is forced to deal with the wounds of war - both visible and invisible - and to find new ways to fight for women’s freedom.




Alba Sotorra is an independent filmmaker and producer based in Barcelona. Her work focusses on human stories that she explores from a very personal point of view, producing films that are independent, risk-taking and engaged with today’s political, social and human conflicts. She has lived worldwide, spending long periods in the Middle East, specially in Syria, Turkey, Iran and Qatar. Her first film, Unveiled Views (2010) premiered at Guadalajara International Film Festival and was awarded best documentary at REC and at Som Cinema. Her first feature, Game Over (2015), a Spanish-German coproduction, premiered at Karlovy Vary 2015, and won the prestigious Gaudì Award for best documentary in Catalunya. Commander Arian (2018) is her second feature.



Director: Alba Sotorra

Producer: Stefano Strocchi

Executive Producer: Marta Figueira, Felix Kriegsheim

Editor: Jesper Osmund

Writers: Alba Sotorra, Stefano Strocchi, Jesper Osmund