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Girls of the Sun

Golshifteh Farahani plays Bahar, a former lawyer turned commander in chief of the Girls of the Sun, an all-female Kurdish battalion. Bahar is leading an offensive to take back a village that has fallen to ISIS. Covering the story is Mathilde (Emmanuelle Bercot) a French foreign correspondent, who is fascinated by this band of all-female fighters, many of whom have experienced sexual violence and slavery. 

Depicting war on the big screen has predominantly been the domain of male directors; with her second feature, writer-director Eva Husson, brings all the action and suspense that you’d expect from the front line but with a distinctive and refreshing female gaze that highlights the camaraderie shared by the female fighters. This is a muscular, well-orchestrated action movie that is as compelling as it is necessary. 

“Girls of the Sun is partisan and it wears its heart on its sleeve: a powerful, forceful story” Peter Bradshaw THE GUARDIAN