Reel Reality Short Slot
Sun Mar 4, 2018 – 12:00 pm | La Casa Grande
Fear Us Women
Directed by David Darg
Canada | 27 min | 2017
Fear Us Women is the story of a Canadian civilian, Hanna Bohman, who has spent the last three years as a volunteer battling ISIS and liberating women in Syria. Motivated to fight, Hanna joins an all-female Kurdish army, the YPJ, which embraces the ISIS belief that militants killed by women go to Hell. The film follows Hanna as she is smuggled into Syria, trained to be a sniper and thrust into combat on the front line with ISIS.
She and her comrades liberate ISIS sex slaves, many whom join the fight to seek revenge. Hanna’s harrowing journey reveals a revolution bigger than the fight against ISIS: a fight for equality and women’s liberation in the Middle East. As her status as a former model spreads to the enemy, Hanna becomes a wanted target. She keeps a last bullet for her suicide if capture is imminent.
Fear Us Women is a most intimate look inside the brave female soldiers fighting one of the most dangerous wars on the planet. The film’s title comes from an Arabic tattoo on Hanna’s arm: “Fear us women o’ enemies of humanity, for you who die by our hand will burn in Hell forever.”
David Darg is an award winning film maker and co-founder of RYOT Media. Named one of Esquire Magazine’s “2012 Americans of the Year” and Details Magazine’s “Hollywood Mavericks,” David spent the last decade as a first responder and front line contributor for Reuters, the BBC and CNN, covering some of the world’s largest natural disasters and wars.
David grew up in the Middle East and England. After receiving his degree in Philosophy from Oxford University, he moved to Africa to work in the non-profit sector. David loves to surf and play guitar.