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FILM SERIES: The Girl Who Saved my Life

  • House of Sweden 2900 K Street Northwest Washington, DC, 20007 United States (map)

Screening of 'The Girl Who Saved my Life'

Director: Hogir Hirori
Cast: Souad, Besma, Wesila, Khalid, Hanifa and Tawre.

In August 2014, documentary filmmaker Hogir Hirori leaves his pregnant wife in Sweden to go back to his
homeland, Iraqi Kurdistan, to document the stories of the refugees of war. More than 1.4 million people are fleeing from the terror of the Islamic State. He is offered to come along on a helicopter transport to the Shingal Mountains, where hundreds of thousands of people are stuck without access to food or water, surrounded by the IS. But, on his way to the helicopter, he finds an 11-year-old girl in pain, lying alone on the ground in scorching heat. He decides to stay and help her instead of going on the helicopter. Later, he learns that the helicopter crashed, and that this way the little girl saved his life. Hogir sets out on a quest to find the girl again, and on his way he meets many other victims of war: women sold as slaves to the IS, families torn apart, children kidnapped, men beheaded and lives destroyed.

The world premiere was at Gothenburg Film Festival in Sweden in February 2016 where Hogir received The
Angelos Award for Best Swedish feature.

Click here to see trailer

Embassy of Sweden are continuing the popular film series "Sweden on the screen" as a part of the Embassy 2017 theme program Safe & Sound.

English subtitles, FREE admission and no assigned seating.