Production: Kurdistan Regional Government 2011
Director: Jano Rosebiani
Screenplay: Jano Rosebiani
Cinematography: Hamid Ghavamii
Film Editor: Jano Rosebiani
Running Time: 105 Mins
Language: Kurdish
Subtitles: English
Cast: Enwer Shekhani, Katrin Ender, Hisén Hesen


In a society where honor plays an important role, forced marriages remain the norm. A young girl (Viyan) is forcibly married to a wealthy elder businessman (Haji Hemmo). After she runs out of the bedroom and climbs a tree refusing to sleep with him, the respected businessman faces the mocking of the people of the town. In return, he punishes her by beating her and locking her inside bedroom. The more the townsfolk mock him the harder he beats her. Meanwhile, a traveling young artist (Botan) tries to get closer to Viyan and know her better. This leads to Haji Hemmo's resolve to kill her by setting her on fire.

Director’s Biography

Kurdish/American film writer, director and editor, born in March 18, 1960 in a small town named Zumar on the banks of the Tigres in Kurdistan and were raised in the town of Zakho by the River Khabur. He was granted political asylum in the United States at the age of 16. He acquired his knowledge of filmmaking during his college years in the mid-eighties while managing movie theaters and making experimental videos for a public access television that received local and national awards, among them the Hometown, USA prize in 1987. Upon graduating from NOVA he moved to Los Angele to embark on a filmmaking career.

Rosebiani made his feature film debut with DANCE OF THE PENDULUM in 1995, a low budget intellectual comedy parodying exploitation in Hollywood's B-movies, shot entirely in a house in the Hollywood Hills and was distributed in over a dozen countries.