Kurdish woman wins Best Actress award at Los Angeles film festival


Diman Zandi gained the Finest Actress award on the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Movie Pageant for her function within the 2016 movie Reseba (The Darkish Wind), portraying the harrowing plight of Yezidi girls below the atrocities of ISIS.

Zandi, who’s from Sanandaj in Iran, devoted her award to all Yezidi girls on her Fb web page.

The movie is impressed by the occasions of August 2014 when ISIS militants invaded the Shingal area of Kurdistan and commenced persecuting the Yezidi inhabitants, a non-Muslim ethnic minority. Lots of of males and boys had been killed in chilly blood whereas girls and women had been kidnapped to be bought at markets and used as intercourse slaves.

Reseba follows the story of Reko and Pero (performed by Zandi), a younger Yezidi couple residing in Shingal who’re in love and getting ready for his or her marriage. Their goals and happiness abruptly come to an finish when their village is invaded by ISIS militants who abduct Pero together with lots of of different girls and youngsters. Reko returns house from working in a unique village to comprehend his fiancée had been taken away.

The movie follows Reko’s journey by way of ISIS managed territory, battle zones and refugee camps into Syria the place Pero is lastly discovered alive, and returns her to their village and household. The couple’s bittersweet reunion with their neighborhood and return to their unique plans of marriage units the core emotion of the movie.

Regardless of the unwavering love and help from Reko and Pero’s household, they’ve come to comprehend that she is embedded in deep seated emotional trauma from her experiences with ISIS. Can Pero overcome her internal turmoil and return again to a “regular” life?

Writers and producer/director Hassan and Aktas needed to depict the hardships that Yezidi girls should endure once they reintegrate again into their society after going through the cruelty of battle, struggling and abuse together with bodily and emotional ache attributable to ISIS.


The refugee disaster within the Center East continues to be a posh subject throughout international media retailers with fixed protection of the battle on ISIS.

Within the coronary heart wrenching narrative drama, Director Hussein Hassan and co-writer/producer Mehmat Aktas needed to show the precise portrait of the harmless individuals affected by the battle with ISIS — particularly the Yezidi minority who’ve endured the brunt of ISIS’s abuses

Reseba has gained many different awards, together with the UNESCO Award for Finest Movie at worldwide movie festivals all through Asia, the Center East, Europe and North America.