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Jiyan (2002)

Five years following the infamous chemical and biological bombing of Halabja, Diyari, a Kurdish/ American good Samaritan, returns to his homeland to build an orphanage in what is left of ... See full summary »


Jano Rosebiani


Jano Rosebiani
2 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Kurdo Galali Kurdo Galali ... Diyari
Pirshang Berzinji Pirshang Berzinji ... Jiyan
Choman Hawrami Choman Hawrami ... Sherko
Enwer Shexani Enwer Shexani ... Salar
Derya Qadir Derya Qadir ... Tavga
Rubar Ehmed Rubar Ehmed ... Jala
Niyaz Letif Niyaz Letif ... Haci Heme
Tara Ebdilrehman Tara Ebdilrehman ... Shilan
Shehle Mihemed Shehle Mihemed ... Shirin
Ehmed Salar Ehmed Salar ... The Mayor
Nasir Hesen Nasir Hesen ... Mela Rostem
Perwin Shahzade Perwin Shahzade ... Kejal
Shehram Namiq Shehram Namiq ... Alan
Gule Heme Resui Gule Heme Resui ... Baci Gule
Ibrahim Seld Ibrahim Seld ... The Mason


Five years following the infamous chemical and biological bombing of Halabja, Diyari, a Kurdish/ American good Samaritan, returns to his homeland to build an orphanage in what is left of Halabja. He meets Jiyan, a ten-year old orphan and a survivor of the chemical attack, doomed to live with a burn scar covering most of her right cheek.. A strong bond between the two ensues and later he names his orphanage after her. During the course of his stay in Halabja, Diyari meets a colorful bunch of townsfolk, many of whom remain physically and/or psychologically marked with the effects of the chemical agents. Among them is Jiyan's only living relative, Shérco, a twelve-year old who has also lost his family to the poison gas. While Shérco dreams of marrying her one day, Jiyan dreams of seeing flowers, a picture of which she finds on the back of a magazine. In addition to building the orphanage, Diyari brings a spark of hope and happiness to Shérco's and Jiyan's lives. However, this affair is ... Written by Anonymous

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Love, life and acid gas. The Story of Halabja the second Hiroshima


Drama | Romance



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Release Date:

12 April 2002 (USA) See more »

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Evini Films See more »
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Dolby SR


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A virtually untold story.
25 March 2010 | by davidj4051See all my reviews

Jano Rosebiani depicts a tragic, yet wonderful story of rebirth with Jiyan! As an American watching the film, the passion and bravery of the Kurdish people were borough to life in a very special way! This film was outstanding in every aspect, from it's hum-ours moments, to the heartfelt sadness of the aftermath of the Chemical Attack by Saddam Hussein in 1985.

What makes this film special is the extraordinary way Jano Rosebiani portrays hope, while surrounded by hopelessness, as well as an intimate understanding of just what a proud people the Kurds are! Jiyan is a loving, funny, sad, and intellectual movie worthy of watching! It will make you feel alive!

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