Gulistan was a young Canadian woman who went to go join Kurdish guerrilla forces in Kurdistan. In beautiful GULISTAN, LAND OF ROSES filmmaker Zayne Akyol traces her footsteps from Canada to Turkey and Iraq to find out what happened to her. Akyol's journey begins as ISIS attacks the Kurdish territories in 2014, and the film embeds the audience amidsts an all-female guerilla group who are fighting to protect their country from the religious extremists. These brave women belong to a society of nomads and the battlefield is the only place they can escape their culture's strict gender roles.
Zayne Akyol (Canada, 1987) GULISTAN, LAND OF ROSES is Akyol's first feature documentary.