Sidik and the Panther

Sidik and the Panther

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Film in the ‘Movies that Matter on Tour’ series, in cooperation with Amnesty International Wageningen.

Winner IDFA Award for Best Dutch Documentary

In the breathtakingly beautiful mountains of Iraqi Kurdistan Sidik sets out to find a panther that has not been seen in the area for decades. Finding the panther could mean that the area will be designated as a national reserve. He hopes this would put an end to wars and conflict.

For 25 long years Sidik has been searching for a snow leopard in the war-scarred mountains of Kurdistan in northern Iraq. Once there were many leopards here. If they return, Sidik believes his people and his homeland will survive. If he can capture one of the magical creatures on film the region will be declared a national park. And the bombs will never fall again. Sidik still hasn’t found his leopard. But he refuses to give up hope. As he travels through the Kurdish mountains, he meets, animals, rivers, plants, and people. Their memories and stories mesh with his own – Acclaimed director Reber Dosky’s poetic film tells a story of hope, pride and the possibility of healing in a rarely-seen land of astonishing beauty.

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