The End Will Be Spectacular

  • 112'
  • Syria
  • 2019

Between 2012 and 2019, the Kurds set up a 'stateless democracy' in Rojava, northern Syria, based on local self-governance, gender equality and a communal economy. The Rojava Film Commune was established in 2015, in the middle of the Syrian civil war, to make films based on that region's reality.

The End Will Be Spectacular is an uncompromising war film about resistance fighters who are attempting in 2015 to break the Turkish siege of Sur, the historic heart of the Turkish-Kurdish city of Diyarbakir. The hundred-day battle claims many victims and Sur is almost entirely destroyed. Some of the survivors play lead roles in this film by Ersin Çelik, a member of the Rojava Film Commune.

The film tells the story of Zilan, a young woman who returns to family and friends in Diyarbakir to honour the memory of her dead brother. She is suddenly caught up in the violent struggle with the police and the army. A story of ideals, struggle, friendship, loss and self-sacrifice, set against a seemingly hopeless conflict.

Also see Freedom Lecture: Rojava Film Commune.

Director
Ersin Çelik
Premiere
European premiere
Countries of production
Syria, Iraq, Spain
Production Year
2019
Festival Edition
IFFR 2020
Length
112'
Medium
DCP
Original title
Ji bo azadiyê
Languages
Kurdish, Turkish
Producer
Diyar Hesso
Sales
Diyar Hesso
Cinematography
Cemil Kızıldağ
Editor
Sose Avakian, Xavi Carrasco
Production Design
Eva Jin, Dilo Hesso
Sound Design
Veronica Font
Music
Mehmûd Berazî
Cast
Arjîn Baysal, Delîl Pîran, Cîhan Seve, Sahîre Ozhan, Arif Demîr