“Right now, there are 10,000 women fighting life-or-death battles against ISIS for the liberation of women in the Middle East.” Among them is Hanna Bohman, a Canadian civilian who put her life on hold to join the fight. Her powerful story is being told in Fear Us Women, a new short documentary that offers “a most intimate look inside the brave female soldiers fighting one of the most dangerous wars on the planet”, and is now at the top of our must-see streaming list.
From Academy-Award Nominated and Emmy-Winning Director David Darg and Executive Producers Olivia Wilde, Bryn Mooser, Ivana Kirkbride, Alissa Van Volkom, and Hayley Pappas, Fear Us Women is “the story of a Canadian civilian, Hanna Bohman, who has spent the last three years as a volunteer battling ISIS and liberating women in Syria. Motivated to fight, Hanna joins an all-female Kurdish army, the YPJ, which embraces the ISIS belief that militants killed by women go to Hell.”
According to the official synopsis, “The film follows Hanna as she is smuggled into Syria, trained to be a sniper and thrust into combat on the front line with ISIS. She and her comrades liberate ISIS sex slaves, many whom join the fight to seek revenge. Hanna’s harrowing journey reveals a revolution bigger than the fight against ISIS: a fight for equality and women’s liberation in the Middle East. As her status as a former model spreads to the enemy, Hanna becomes a wanted target. She keeps a last bullet for her suicide if capture is imminent.”
Fear Us Women (27 minutes) is streaming now on Fear Us Women and go90. Its title comes from an Arabic tattoo on Hanna’s arm: “Fear us women o’ enemies of humanity, for you who die by our hand will burn in Hell forever.”
all images credit to Ryot Films, via the Fear Us Women site