PLEASE BE ADVISED: THIS VIDEO CONTAINS GRAPHIC IMAGES OF HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSES, VIEWER DISCRETION IS ADVISED
The documentary is a biography of Leyla Zana (born May 3, 1961) and it’s made by the Kurdish-Canadian filmmaker Jiyar Gol, who is originally from Sinne in Kurdistan Rojhelat (Iran). He has created several movies about North- and South-Kurdistan.
This 10-minute biography of Leyla Zana tells more about this dedicated Kurdish Parliamentarian who was imprisoned for 11 years simply for speaking Kurdish in Turkish National assembly. She was a three times Nobel Peace Prize nominee. Leyla Zana was even awarded with the 1995 Sakharov Prize by the European Parliament, but was unable to collect it until her release in 2004. In 2006 Leyla Zana visited South-Kurdistan, but in general she isn’t politically active anymore.
Jiyar Gol portrays Leyla Zana as a brave politician who stood up for her Kurdish identity and rights. In this short documentary a variety of people give a deeper insight into Leyla Zana and also into the Kurdish issue in Turkey.
Currently Jiyar Gol is directing a documentary film on Canada’s Health Care system for Canada's Global National TV and developing a movie about Anfal in Kerkuk.