In conjunction with our new exhibit Where the Children Sleep, ASHM will be screening the film The Girl Who Saved My Life. In August 2014, documentary filmmaker Hogir Hirori leaves his pregnant wife in Sweden to go back to his homeland, Iraqi Kurdistan, to document the stories of the refugees of war. He is offered to come along on a helicopter transport to the Shingal Mountains, where hundreds of thousands of people are stuck. But, on his way to the helicopter, he finds an 11-year-old girl in pain, lying alone on the ground in scorching heat. He decides to stay and help her instead of going on the helicopter. Later, he learns that the helicopter crashed, so Hogir sets out on a quest to find the girl again, and on his way he meets many other victims of war: women sold as slaves to the IS, families torn apart, children kidnapped, men beheaded and lives destroyed. This film screening is free with museum admission.
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