In the West we learned about Mount Shengal only in 2014. Thousands of women, children and elderly had been hiding in the mountain for days while on the run for IS. The Yezidi from the region were persecuted. More than 3000 women and children were kidnapped and traded as sex slaves on a market. Just as many found dead, slaughtered.
The region Shengal was liberated from IS in 2016. Many survivors still live in deplorable refugee camps. People have started returning and rebuilding their homes. The mutual relations are very tense because many Yezidi were extradited to IS by their neighbours. In this fragile stage of the beginning of reconciliation, with Cinema Shengal Adar Foundation wants to provide a platform for this particularly vulnerable group in the Middle East.