ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – A documentary telling the story of a Peshmerga bomb disposal expert who put his life at risk to save his comrades during the fight against ISIS was awarded the best movie at a film festival in Prague, Czech Republic.
’ won best film at the One World International Film Festival, where judges described it as “compelling, innovative and passionate.”
“The documentary managed to draw the attention of the judging panel and attendants of the festival and thus, received the best documentary award,” co-director Hogir Hirori told Rudaw.
The film “tells the story of Fakhir Berwari, a Peshmerga deminer who endangered his life in order to protect his Peshmerga comrades,” Hirori explained.
He shared the award with his co-director Shinwar Kamal.
Serving in the Iraqi army after the fall of Saddam Hussein and witnessing civilians being injured by landmines, Berwari decides to learn how to disarm the explosives.
He later continues the work despite losing his leg in an accident, serving with the Peshmerga, helping to clear the thousands of explosives and booby-traps left behind by ISIS.
has received several awards on the film festival circuit, including one last week in Oslo.
The film will be showcased on March 16 in Sweden as part of events marking the 30th anniversary of the Halabja chemical weapon attack.