International Film Festival Rotterdam

Diyar Hesso – The End Will Be Spectacular #IFFR2020

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The importance of telling Kurdish stories from a Kurdish perspective.

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PODCAST | Matt Micucci interviews Diyar Hesso, producer of the film The End Will Be Spectacular.

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An interview with Diyar Hesso, producer of The End Will Be Spectacular, presented as part of the Perspectives strand of the 2020 International Film Festival Rotterdam. Hesso is also the co-founder of the Rojava Film Commune, the Kurdish film commune credited as makers of this film. He tells us about why and how this Commune was set up, and how it not only produces Kurdish films from a Kurdish point of view but also how it promotes and is involved with several aspects of the proliferation of film culture in the region. The End Will Be Spectacular is a feature film that tells the story of the siege of Sur, based on the experiences of many of the people involved with the making of the film and appearing in it – A fascinating and compelling story told via the words of Hesso.

The End Will Be Spectacular: Between 2012 and 2019, the Kurds set up a ‘stateless democracy’ in Rojava, northern Syria, based on local self-governance, gender equality and a communal economy. The Rojava Film Commune was established in 2015, in the middle of the Syrian civil war, to make films based on that region’s reality. The End Will Be Spectacular is an uncompromising war film about resistance fighters who are attempting in 2015 to break the Turkish siege of Sur, the historic heart of the Turkish-Kurdish city of Diyarbakir. The hundred-day battle claims many victims and Sur is almost entirely destroyed. Some of the survivors play lead roles in this film by Ersin Çelik, a member of the Rojava Film Commune.

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  • Reporter
    Matt Micucci
  • Guest
    Diyar Hesso
  • Interviewee role
  • Film title
    The End Will Be Spectacular
  • Festival section
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