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Helin Celik, Martin Klingenböck | Turkey, Austria 2017 | 75 Min. | OmeU

Monday, 08.05.2017, 6 pm tickets
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Wednesday, 10.05.2017, 10 pm tickets
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Filmmakers present

This film is nominated for the Austrian Documentary Award (ADA).


As a tribe of Kurdish nation, Yazidis never had an official land and had to suffer oppression from other countries since the beginning of their existence. Yazidi women additionally have to endure the hegemony of men and it's strict customs. 

During the IS attack in August 2014 in Sinjar (Northern Iraq) - the main settlement area of Yazidis - plenty of men were killed and thousands of women kidnapped. What the wind took away shows the destiny of two Yazidi women and how violence and oppression affected their lives. It aims to achieve an intimate insight into their personal experiences during the IS war.  

This poetic documentary makes the audience travel in time and become a part of the nostalgic stories of these young women. By illuminating their stories concerning their gender and their origin it tries to give them a voice that is loud enough to be heard in the western world.


Helin Celik is a theater artist with Kurdish roots who was born in Turkey in 1991. She holds a diploma in degree in Theatre and has specialized in Theatre of the Oppressed. She's passionate about different aspects of humans and their interaction within past and present societies. As a woman being born and brought up in a country in Middle East where issues involving womens’ status are pretty different from anywhere in the West helped her discovering that her interests are particularly focused on institutional oppression and gender problematic in eastern countries. 

Helin Celik has directing and screenwriting experience in several short movies. This film is her first feature-length documentary.

Martin Klingenboeck, born in 1986 in Austria is an experienced cinematographer specializing in documentary films. Martin's resume of film and videography includes productions for various German and Austrian channels e.g. ORF and ARTE as well as independent film networks. His style represents a concept of visuals that stand beyond the aesthetic aspects, that carries, follows and strengthens the story where the camera can capture and reveal the transparency and the perception of images drawn by the thoughts and emotions. 

As cinematographer Martin Klingenboeck has shot several short and feature-length documentaries. This film is his first feature-length documentary as director.

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