ROJEK encounters incarcerated members of the Islamic State from all over the world, as well as their wives detained in prison-camps, who are sharing a common dream: establishing a caliphate. Confronted with the fundamentalist beliefs of the jihadists, the film attempts to trace the beginning, the rise and fall of the Islamic State (ISIS) through their personal stories. These conversations are the thread along which the documentary evolves, as it is intertwined with various sequences depicting current, post-war Syrian Kurdistan.

ROJEK offers an intimate gaze at an unknown reality, testifying of pivotal moments experienced by the actors of this conflict. The film tackles how this ideological war is only the beginning of a new kind of threat.



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– Director’s Award (Documentary Film), Quebec Directors’ Association, Montreal, Canada (2023)

– Special Jury Award (Festival Choice Competition), EBS International Documentary Festival, Seoul, South Korea (2023)

– Jury Award for Best Topics Documentary, Docville International Documentary Film Festival, Leuven, Belgium (2023)

– Main Award (Be Honest! Category), Budapest International Documentary Festival, Budapest, Hungary (2023)

– Jury’s Grand Prize of the French Film Critics’ Union, Festival international du film politique de Carcassonne, Carcassonne, France (2023)

– Mention of Honor (International Features Competition), International Documentary Film Festival of Buenos Aires (FIDBA), Buenos Aires, Argentina (2022)

– Artistic Expression Award (Official Competition), MedFilm Festival, Rome, Italy (2022)

– Best Film Testimony (Special Mention), Ji.Hlava IDFF, Jihlava, Czech Republic (2022)

– Second Prize (Time of History Category), Seminci Valladolid International Film Festival, Valladolid, Spain (2022)

– Nouvelles Vagues Acuitis Award, The La Roche-sur-Yon International Film Festival, La Roche-sur-Yon, France (2022)

– Best Cinematography, MIRAGE – Art of the Real Festival, Awarded by Sir Roger Deakins and James Ellis Deakins, Oslo, Norway (2022)

– New Voices Award, Gimli International Film Festival, Manitoba, Canada (2022)

– Jury Special Mention (Regional Panorama), Golden Apricot, Yerevan, Armenia (2022)

– DGC Special Jury Prize (Canadian Documentary), Hot Docs, Toronto, Canada (2022