Dreams’ Gate

  • 4.30–6.00 PM
  • 05 June 2023
  • Cinema Radar

Iranian filmmaker Negin Ahmadi travels to the war zone of Northern Syria to follow the lives of the women in the YPJ – an all-female Kurdish militia. Armed only with her camera, she captures the struggles, hopes, and joys of these incredible women, for whom the fight against ISIS is also their way to escape the restraints of a patriarchal society. Weaving together candid moments between the female soldiers with the brutality of combat, Negin creates a personal, visual diary that intimately explores the role of women in battle and examines the cost of achieving equality and freedom in this tumultuous region.



Born in 1989 in Iran, Negin Ahmadi is a Kurdish Iranian filmmaker. Ahmadi studied Economics, and finished her Associate’s degree in the university of Imam Khomeini in Qazvin. She is currently a student in Iranian Youth Cinema Society. As a director, she has supervised multiple documentary series and directed a short documentary called A Few Days of Shirin in 2016. Dreams’ Gate will be her first feature documentary.


Original Title: Darvazeye royaha
English Title: Dream’s Gate
Original Language: Farsi, Kurdish
Subtitles: Italian/English
Month and Year of Production: 2023
Color/Black and White: Color
Camera: Negin Ahmadi
Audio: Behnia Yousefi
Country of Production: Iran, France, Norway
Duration: 78 minutes
Director: Negin Ahmadi
Production: Eli Image
Producer: Elaheh Nobakht
Cast: Negin Ahmadi, Women of the YPJ
Editing: Loghman Sokhanvar
Music / Original Soundtrack: Hosein Mirzagholi