Nujiyan reunites with Deniz in Shengal…

A woman whose dreams don’t fit on the earth, a woman, who fits her dreams on the earth, a journalist, who turns her camera to the truth, Nujiyan reunites with Deniz in Shengal…

Melek Özman*

Deniz Fırat was still shooting when ISIS attacked that hill in Makhmur. She insisted to stay on that dusty hill despite the insistence that she should leave, the hill is dangerous, in order to report the truth… Thus, we took the roads to know more about Deniz Fırat and to listen to her friends. “Deniz’s camera won’t stay on the ground”, this sentence is a sentence whenever you hear it from her each friend, you think it is like the world’s most real and like a new sentence of the world.

Nujiyan’s guidance

Nujiyan was also among those who say that and do that. She didn’t believe when she heard the news. Nujiyan, “student” of Deniz Fırat (Actually Nujiyan wouldn’t want we use the quotation mark, she was proud of being the student of Deniz), she wrote her first news with Deniz Fırat. It was a difficult journey but we felt very little of that difficulty.

‘Don’t afraid of making mistake’

If the doors are closed, they will be reopened, if a war breaks out, the peace will come soon. We talked to Nujiyan about Deniz or Nujiyan talked to Deniz like sending a video message to a remote friend: “Nujiyan never fear technically issues, if you fear, you will never learn. Don’t afraid of making mistake, first you will make mistake and then you will learn.”

Not alone, with all women in the world

Whenever she could do, Nujiyan sent her news to Deniz Fırat for editing it. Deniz told Nujiyan, “The point isn’t to have a solution in the North or Rojava. If you cannot work in four parts of Kurdistan, express yourselves and do journalism freely as a Kurd, it means the problem continues. If the problem in North ends but continues in Iran, this is meaningless for me. Or if the problem in the North ends but the femicide continues in the South, this means we don’t succeed. As a woman I cannot be good and free if the women are still being killed under the name of honor or the women have to accept the violence by their husbands, since there is no other option for them, not only here but also somewhere in the world. I am not free if a woman is oppressed in a place. Freedom is not an individual thing. The struggle is not something to end.”

A woman whose dreams don’t fit on the earth, a woman, who fits her dreams on the earth, a journalist, who turns her camera to the truth, Nujiyan reunites with Deniz in Shengal…

*An activist of the Filmmor Women’s Cooperative