Photograph - courtesy La Biennale di Venezia
#Venice73 – Film Festival 2016 - Benedetta Argentieri, Bruno Chiaravalloti, Claudio Jampaglia – Our War. In the documentary, Our War an American ex-Marine, an unemployed Italian communist, a Swedish bodyguard, with one choice in common: enroll as volunteers in the Peoples Protection Units (YPG) in Rojava, the region controlled under Kurdish control in northern Syria. Karim, Joshua and Rafael are foreign fighters: Westerners who have left their families and their security to go on the field and fight against the self-declared Islamic State. Their footage in the most difficult and most important theater of war of recent decades intersects in the documentary with their daily lives in the United States, Sweden, and Italy, as does the memory of their dead comrades and their intention to continue supporting the Kurdish struggle by other means. Their choices beg a question that regards all of us: who are they fighting for?
Photograph by ASAC - courtesy La Biennale di Venezia
Benedetta Argentieri, Bruno Chiaravalloti, Claudio Jampaglia
Our War - Press Conference
After the screening of Our War the directors and stars during the ten minute applause
Contessanally – moving documentary about fighting the war on ISIS – 8/10