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The Centre for the Study of Democracy, in collaboration with the Democratic Education Network, is pleased to organise a screening of Havibon, a Kurdish documentary film on Yazidis under attack. The screening will be followed by a discussion.

About the film

The ongoing crisis in West Asia is a serious cause for concern. The genocidal war of the so-called Islamic State – ISIS/Daesh – on Yazidis did catch the international community’s attention but there has been very little awareness of the specific ways in which Yazidis suffered, survived and resisted.

Award-winning director of the documentary, Hakar Abdulqader, says: “The rise of the Islamic State (ISIS) has caused, in Iraq alone, the enforced migration of over three million people, with more than a million taking refuge in Kurdistan. These refugees told me some terrible tales, tragic stories of hunger and survival, but what attracted me most in wishing to recount the story of this family was its hope and determination to continue to live and find its members despite having lost everything they had.”

Chair and Organiser: Professor Dibyesh Anand, Head of Department of Politics and International Relations, University of Westminster (Twitter @DPIRWestminster)

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About the series

This event is part of the Department of Politics and International Relations in Action series, based on the Centre for the Study of Democracy's Post-colonial politics, development and emerging powers research theme. In addition to other issues, this investigates how religion, history, territoriality, political economy, militarisation, democratisation and resistance have contributed to a volatile politics that disconnects states and people. The explicit focus is on engagement with communities and impacting upon public debates around these contentious subjects.