French journalist Caroline Fourest’s new feature film, about Kurdish female fighters, is set to be released in October. She told Kurdistan 24 in an exclusive interview that, as the writer and director of Soeurs d’Armes (Sisters in Arms), she wants to highlight what has united Kurdish fighters under one flag: their resistance against the Islamic State.
“It recounts the darkest stories of oppression through what actually happened to the Yezidis and the brightest stories of courage, that of the Kurdish fighters and Kurds in general,” she said. “I would like the whole world to know what they have done for us.”
For 20 years, Fourest has reported on the threat posed by religious extremists to women’s rights. “Given that I have been targeted by Islamist fundamentalists for years, and after the January 7  attack on the [Charlie Hebdo] newspaper where I lost a great deal of friends, I could no longer fight fundamentalist propaganda without my regular tools – writing and words.”