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I Want to Live (2015)

I Want to Live is a documentary on the lives of Kurdish Refugees from Syria, living in refugee camps in Kurdistan. Shot on location, it is set against the Syrian civil war and the ISIS (... See full summary »

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Karzan Kardozi

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Karzan Kardozi (story), Karzan Kardozi
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I Want to Live is a documentary on the lives of Kurdish Refugees from Syria, living in refugee camps in Kurdistan. Shot on location, it is set against the Syrian civil war and the ISIS (Islamic State) attacks upon Kurdistan. Told through the eyes of a young boy, Shndar, living with Thalassemia disease, he searches for an immediate treatment as he ages without losing hope, leaving his home amid simmering ethnic and religious hatred to live the life of a refugee. The film tells stories of daily life on the camp and outside of it. More than being a film on the life of refugees, it is an intimate character study and gripping tale of innocent lost amides wars, a meditation on life, death, war, peace, and tolerance.

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The boy in the film, Shndar who has Thalassemia disease, need to have an immediate treatment of bones transplant in order to stay alive, and the surgery could only be done outside Kurdistan. After one year of the film, showing in various festival and charitable organization, in the Summer of 2016, Shndar with his family went to Belfast in Northern Ireland, with Refugee status, he is now getting treatment and his wish in the film, the wish of wanting to stay alive, to live, has come true. See more »

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Narration of the films is brilliant
17 August 2016 | by wendyalenSee all my reviews

One of the best thing about this films is the narration, the voice-over in the film, we never see the boy talk directly to the camera, but at times we hear him speak, in poetic manner, and that is what make the narrations so difference from the traditional style of narration in which is to have a dedicated narrator read a script which is dubbed onto the audio track, but there is no script in this film, the boy talk and the sound are matched poetically to the image. The narrator does appears on camera and have all necessarily knowledge of the subject matter which is living in a camp, the tragedy of the Kurdish people and their wish for freedom, he talk honestly about his own desire and wish to get a better health and find a treatment.


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Iraq | Syria | Iran

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Kurdish | Persian | English

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3 January 2015 (USA) See more »

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$400 (estimated)
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