April 24

ROJEK by Zaynê Akyol – Official Competition at Hot Docs

ROJEK by Zaynê Akyol

Official Competition at Visions du réel and Hot Docs



Montréal, March 30, 2022 — Maison 4:3 and Metafilms are thrilled to present the documentary feature ROJEK, written and directed by Zaynê Akyol (Gulîstan, Land of Roses), produced by Audrey-Ann Dupuis-Pierre, Sylvain Corbeil and Zaynê Akyol. ROJEK features interviews with some of the most important members of the Islamic State (ISIS), who are currently being detained in Syrian Kurdistan. As a backdrop, a country is trying to stay vigilant as it struggles to recover from years of war. 

The film will have its World Premiere in the International Feature Film Competition at Visions du réel, taking place April 7-17 in Nyon, Switzerland. The screening will happen on Wednesday, April 13 at 8:30 p.m., in the presence of the filmmaker. A second screening is scheduled on Friday, April 15 at 8:15 p.m.

ROJEK will then have its North American Premiere in the official competition of the “Canadian Spectrum” section at the Hot DocsCanadian International Documentary Festival, which runs from April 28 to May 8. The film will be eligible for the Audience Award. The screenings will happen on Saturday, April 30 at 3 p.m. at the Isabel Bader Theatre, and on Thursday, May 5 at 4:15 p.m. at the TIFF Bell Lightbox 3, in the presence of the film crew.

Distributed by Maison 4:3, ROJEK will be in Quebec theatres in autumn 2022.

Trailer: vimeo.com/693983489

About the filmmaker Zaynê Akyol

Zaynê Akyol graduated from Université du Québec à Montréal, where she obtained a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in Communication, with a specialization in film. Her first feature documentary,Gulîstan, Land of Roses (2016) was selected by 80 international film festivals, earning 50 nominations and winning 12 awards, including the prestigious Doc Alliance Award given at the Locarno Film Festival. In her free time, she is a photographer whose exhibitions have been widely seen. ROJEKis her second documentary.


Documentary feature. Quebec/Canada. 128 minutes. 2022.

Original Arabic, English, French and Kurdish version with French or English subtitles.

Directing: Zaynê Akyol | Screenplay: Zaynê Akyol | Cinematography: Nicolas Canniccioni, Arshia Shakiba | Sound: Arshia Shakiba, Sylvain Brassard | Editing: Mathieu Bouchard-Malo | Music: Roger Tellier-Craig | Producers: Sylvain Corbeil, Zaynê Akyol, Audrey-Ann Dupuis-Pierre | Production: Metafilms | Distribution (Canada): Maison 4:3

Facebook: facebook.com/rojek.film

Instagram: instagram.com/rojek.film


Visions du réel 2022visionsdureel.ch/en/film/2022/rojek

Hot Docs 2022hotdocs.ca/whats-on/hot-docs-festival/films/2022/rojek

ROJEK was produced with the financial participation of SODEC, Telefilm Canada, the Quebec Film and Television Tax Credit (Gestion SODEC), the Conseil des Arts et des Lettres du Québec, Région Île-de-France, the Hot Docs Ted Rogers Fund, ACIC, Cinereach, Gucci Tribeca Documentary Fund, Post-Moderne, and the Canadian Film or Video Production Tax Credit.

Founded in Montreal in 2003, Metafilms aimed to offer young, unusual creators the means to express their vision of cinema and life. Counting now more than fifty films to its credits, which have been shown internationally and have garnered numerous awards in Quebec and abroad. Building on its producers’ experience, Metafilms keeps seeking and supporting artists and singular films in fiction as in documentary.

MAISON 4:3 is a film distribution company founded in 2014. A boutique distributor, the company puts all its know-how at the service of creators and their films, to set up launch strategies and accompany the works at the different stages of their diffusion. The distributor in theatres of documentaries (Call Me HumanBigger Than Us and The Monopoly of Violence), and fiction films such as Aline, Happening and Norbourg), MAISON 4:3 puts forward projects that are both human, promising and atypical. 

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We would like to thank Caroline Rompré | pixelleX for the press release.