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by Hogir Hirori


“There’s a war in my home country again.” That’s how the filmmaker Hogir Hirori begins the film The Girl Who Saved My Life. In August 2014 he leaves his pregnant wife in Sweden to travel to his homeland, Iraqi Kurdistan, and recount the fates that have affected the over 1.4 million people fleeing ISIS. Through the people he meets, Hogir also relates some of his own experience with war and seeking refuge, which establishes a solid legitimacy for his filmmaking and a credible identification with those he records. He is starkly affected by Souad and the search for her serves as his compass in the chaos of war.

international title: The Girl Who Saved My Life
original title: Flickan som räddade mitt liv
country: Sweden
year: 2016
genre: fiction
directed by: Hogir Hirori
film run: 79'
screenplay: Hogir Hirori
cinematography by: Hogir Hirori, Millat Hirori
music: Mohammed Zaki
producer: Hogir Hirori
production: Lolav Media
backing: The Swedish Film Institute
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