The women of Mount Ararat
directed by Erwann Briand| 2004

  (c) Flight movie 2004
  IDFA 2004 - Nominee for the First Appearance Award
Cinéma du Réel 2005 - Mention of the Jury of the Library Award
HOTDOCS 2005 - Toronto - in competition


In Kurdistan, as in the majority of battle zones, which have been ongoing for many years, women are making their presence increasingly felt. It is almost as if, in order to stop the murderous madness of man, they must today be in the front line, transforming themselves into human bombs or soldiers.

In 1996, the women joining up with the PKK guerrillas decide to form their own army, completely independent of the men’s army.
“The Women of Mount Ararat” retraces the life of a women's “manga”, a base unit of the guerrilla army, made up of six women soldiers.

Constantly on the move, with no particular aim other than climbing the next mountain, they are on the lookout for the invisible enemy. Amidst military manoeuvres and everyday tasks, the intimate moments of these women’s lives are gradually revealed alongside their individual destinies. Here, where life is a question of survival, their human qualities transcend those of the soldier’s, liberating them from their state of male oppression in their society.

EPK (English)
EPK (French)

  Duration 85 minutes
Format Beta Digital
Director Erwann Briand
Image Jacques Mora
Editing Guillaume Germaine
Music Ramponneau Paradise
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