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How an 11 year-old girl escaped after being kidnapped by ISIS.

RUNTIME: 11:57

Dilveen is a Yazidi. Her people have lived in Northern Iraq since it was called Mesopotamia.

For 11 year-old Dilveen, life was good on her family’s farm. She was a normal girl. She played soccer with her friends, went to school and helped her father sell his vegetables in town.

When ISIS invaded the region in the summer of 2014, everything changed. Dilveen witnessed the execution of her father, and became one of thousands of Yazidi girls kidnapped and forced into sexual slavery. She was sold to a 65 year-old man, who planned to take her to Syria for marriage.

Dilveen hatched a daring escape plan that allowed both her and another girl being held captive to flee. She was reunited with her family and now lives in Southern Ontario with her mother, aunts, and siblings. She has just started high school and is learning English. 

Her story is captured in this harrowing short documentary that juxtaposes haunting hand-drawn animated sequences of the past, with glimpses of Dilveen’s new life in Canada. Through her courage and strength, audiences will come to better understand the atrocities the Yazidi community continues to suffer through.

Credits (Click to expand)

A film by: Daniel Roher

Produced by: Felicity Justrabo

Executive in Charge of Programming for CBC Docs: Lesley Birchard

Edited by: Jamie Hurcomb

Assistant Edited by: Charlie Shekter

Post Production Assitant: Brina Romanek

Original Music by: Mathew Chalmers

Vocals: Mingjia Chen

Sound Designer and Mixer: Chris Robison

Colour Corrector: Zachary Cox

Camera Assistant: Anna Dziecol

Location Sound: Matthew Hearn

Animations by: Loud Roar Productions

Animators: Sulamit Simon, Ingrid Repic, Brennan Wong, Meri Zhang

Translator: Ausa Essw

The Filmmaker wishes to thank:

Rev. Majed El Shafie
Geoffrey Clarfield
One Free World International
Peel District School Board
Mozuud Freedom Foundation
Project Abraham

Elizabeth Greisman
The Roher family
The Justrabo family
The Essw family
Saleem Essw
Haider Essw
Marvin Gordensky
Jamie Ellerton
Amelia Gordon
Ayanna Anderson
Mathew Frade

Production Insurance: Front Row Insurance