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The Women of Mount Ararat
Year:  2005
Running Time:  85 minutes
Country:  Kurdistan/France
Genre:  Documentary
Showtime:   Tuesday, March 27, 2007 @ 09:30 PM
Director:  Erwann Briand

Description:
  In Kurdistan, as in the majority of battle zones, which have been ongoing for many years, women are making their presence increasingly felt. It is almost as if, in order to stop the murderous madness of man, they must today be in the front line, transforming themselves into human bombs or soldiers.

In 1996, the women joining up with the PKK guerrillas decide to form their own army, completely independent of the men’s army. “The Women of Mount Ararat” retraces the life of a women's “manga”, a base unit of the guerrilla army, made up of six women soldiers.

Constantly on the move, with no particular aim other than climbing the next mountain, they are on the lookout for the invisible enemy. Amidst military manoeuvres and everyday tasks, the intimate moments of these women’s lives are gradually revealed alongside their individual destinies. Here, where life is a question of survival, their human qualities transcend those of the soldier’s, liberating them from their state of male oppression in their society.


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