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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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After seeing the film, the Iranian filmmaker, Abbas Kiarostami praised the film for its truthful depiction of the Refugee crisis, as quoted from Kiarostami; "We need more film that is rich in humanity like I Want to Live. At a time of conflicts and war, this film offer a hope for peace in a region full of chaos". See more »

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Great Documentary
6 August 2016 | by mara_karaSee all my reviews

I watched this documentary at the sideline of the Cannes Film Festival in the Student Section, it tell the story of a little boy by the name of Shendar who is sick and must have a surgery, every day that passes and he does not have this surgery, his health deteriorate for the worse. All the scenes are shot on and around a Refugees camps and we are always with Shendar, he talk about his dream, his wishes for peace, tolerance and also to have a country like others, for Shendar is a Kurd and like 40 million others Kurds he does not have a country, but the film is not about politic, nor the struggle of the Kurdish people and their fight for freedom agaisnt ISIS, it is a simple truthful story about a little boy who just want to live, his only wish as he keep saying "To have a Good health and Live". Very good documentary, truthful.


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Kurdish | Persian | English

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3 January 2015 (USA) See more »

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