The Cannes Film Festival has just added Peshmerga to its official selection as a special screening. The documentary is helmed by French philosopher and author Bernard-Henri Lévy. The Peshmerga are the military forces in Iraqi Kurdistan, and means “one who confronts death.” The feature takes a look at these soldiers and the surrounding Iraqi area.
In a statement to the press, the festival said, “This film, which we have just discovered, offers a close-up look at the Kurdish Peshmerga fighters. With just a small team in tow, the director traveled 1,000 km along the Iraqi frontier, from South to North, filming war situations, landscapes and the faces of men and women rarely seen in the wider world.”
Peshmerga will screen on May 20 with an additional screening the day after if necessary.