“The Swallow, set in Duhok, Kurdistan, was made a few days before Isis took the city of Mosul. It’s a love story, but it’s also a political story. In our country, even love between two people is political. There is no space to breathe. It’s about terrorism, war crimes in Iraq and love.”, says Swiss director of Kurdish-Syrian origin Mano Khalil to the Guardian.

The Swallow is one of the Kurdish Cinema highlights of this year.