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Kurdish Female Fighters: A Day in Syr...
Terbespi, Syria
By Rozh
05 May 2014

March 18, 2014

Tirbespi, Northeast Syria.

Storyline: Female fighters of the pro-Kurdish Yekineyen Parastina Jin (Women Protection Units) (YPJ) tell their stories, their experiences, why they joined and what they fight for in this women-only militia amid the civil war in Syria.

Interviewees:

  1. Janda Chya, prefers to be called only as "Janda"
    Captain, YPJ Sehid Warsin Brigade

2.Dicle Jutiar, prefers to be named only as "Dicle"
Captain, YPJ Sehid Warsin Brigade

  1. Shilan Muslim, "Shilan"
    Combatant, YPJ Sehid Warsin Brigade

  2. Sozda Muhammad, "Sozda"
    Combatant, YPJ Sehid Warsin Brigade

  3. Zilan Salih, "Zilan"
    Teacher

6.Desine Xelef, "Desine"
Combatant, YPJ Sehid Warsin Brigade

  1. Manifa Salih
    Mother of Janda Chya

Shot List

  • Cutaways of AK47 being cleaned and getting loaded.

  • Zoom out establishing the location.

  • Static shots of the company fighters coming to morning attention

  • Mid and close-up shots of the interviewees outside in the open and inside a room of the camp.

  • Cutaway shots of the fighters walking around and guarding their camp as well as checkpoints.

  • Cutaway of a fighter reading a book. Others clean rifles or walk to their posts.

-Wide shots of one of the building of the camp, in front of which the fighters receive weekly food.

  • Wide, mid, close-up shots as well as zoom in and out of the fighters' daily routine: talking, joking, singing, dancing, language teaching and having launch. The shots include inside building and outside in the open at the camp.

  • Close ups, mid and wide shots of interviewees cleaning theirs rifles at the time they talk of their experiences when they first joined, why they joined and what their families think of them as women fighters. Also highlighting their fears and how they overcame them.

  • Cutaway checkpoint shots.

  • Shots inside a car taking an interviewee to visit her family and talks about how she cannot often visit because of continues attacks against them.

  • Wide and mid shots following talents while being interviewed at the camp.

  • Wide and mid shots following two talents entering a family village home.

  • Wide, mid and close ups of the talents and family members inside and outside the village home as well as through the village when they goodbye apart.

  • Short shots of from inside the car showing a drive through Tirbespi's main road while en route to the village house.

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Women Fighter in Aleppo (13 of 13)
Aleppo, Syria
By horizon news agency
01 Jul 2013

A Free Syrian Army trainer, Abu Deeb, sets a rifle scope for sniper lessons for the "Al Mouminin Aisha" all female fighting unit in Aleppo, Syria.

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Women Fighters in Aleppo (1 of 12)
Aleppo, Syria
By horizon news agency
01 Jul 2013

This 17-year old former college student now fighter is one of thirteen young Syrian women who have formed their own combat unit called "Um Al-Mouminin Aisha" to defend their community from attacks by the Syrian Regime on the Salaheldin neighborhood of Aleppo, Syria.

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Female Fighting Group in Aleppo.
Aleppo, Syria
By horizon news agency
06 Jun 2013

Female Fighting Group in Saladin District, Aleppo

Syrian women between the ages of 17 and 25 formed a fighting group under the name of "Um Al-Mouminin Aisha" in the Saladin neighborhood in Aleppo. The independent unit consists of 13 female fighters who decided to participate in defending their hometowns against Assad`s attacks.

The fighters belonged to the educated working class of Syrian society, and some of them used to be professors and college students before the revolution began.

The leader of the unit, Um Amrou, said that after seeing her husband killed, she decided to take part in the battle and defend her town against the assaults. She added that she is not only fulfilling her duty to her city but also her duty as a mother to her orphaned children.

Other women mentioned that the 2-year-old war has affected them psychologically and forced them to be armed especially after the increase in the number of raped and imprisoned women by the regime forces.

The female battalion is currently working on sending its new members to Saladin neighborhood in order to witness the clashes and get used to a combat situation. The female fighters are also getting trained on how to use weapons and escape snipers' bullets.

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00:06 There is a nail here.
00:11 It's ready now, the weapon is washable.
00:18 It automatically loads, once you shoot a bullet. Load your ammunition and chamber the round and the weapon will automatically load the next round
00:28 For long distance shooting, 1 round at a time is more accurate than fully automatic.
00:34 The receiver catches the round and chamber the bullet when you pull the trigger, it will release the hammer to hit the firing pin that fires the bullet.
01:05 This is the nearest range you can see from this scope.
01:15 Get close to the weapon. When you hold the rifle make it apart of your body.
01:25 Put your hand on the grip.
01:45 You can tell through the scope when your target is clear.
01:48 Load the magazine into the rifle.
01:55 It's easier than that one
02:10 Watch out when you're reloading not to hit the scope and change the settings.
04:24 At the corner, stay there.

كتيبة للمقاتلات في حي صلاح الدين بحلب.

شكل مجموعة من النسوة تتراوح أعمارهم ما بين 17 عاما و 35 عاماً، كتيبة "أم المؤمنين عائشة"، تتألف من 13 مقاتلة في حي صلاح الدين في مدينة حلب، حملن السلاح للمشاركة في الدفاع عن مناطقهم في وجه الهجمات التي تشنها قوات الأسد.

يذكر أن أعضاء الكتيبة المستقلة من الطبقة المثقفة والعاملة في المجتمع، حيث يوجد بينهن معلمات وطالبات جامعيات، وذلك قبل اندلاع الثورة السورية. وقالت قائدة الكتيبة "أم عمرو" إنها وجدت نفسها في خضم المعارك بعد مقتل زوجها، وتيتم أبناؤها، وتلقت السلاح للدفاع عن نفسها، وأبنائها، عقب انتشار الاشتباكات في أنحاء مدينتها، وأنها إلى جانب حرصها على قيامها بمسؤولياتها الدفاعية تجاه الأسرة، فهي تقوم أيضاً بمسؤولياتها كأم في خدمة أبنائها. وذكر بعض المقاتلات أن الحرب التي تجاوزت العامين في بلدهم، تركت أثراً نفسياً على حالهم، وأرغمتهم على حمل السلاح للدفاع عن أنفسهن في ظل حديث متواصل عن تزايد أعداد المعتقلات والمغتصبات في سجون النظام. ومن ضمن مسؤوليات الكتيبة النسائية، إرسال المنتسبات الجدد إلى حي صلاح الدين" في حلب الذي يشهد مواجهات عنيفة بين الجيشين النظامي والحر، وذلك كي يتعودن على أصوات القصف المدفعي وتحليق الطائرات والاشتباكات، كما يتلقين دورات تدريبية على القتال والانتقال بسرعة بين أزقة الحارات لتفادي رصاصات القناصة. وتجدر الإشارة إلى أن وجود كتيبة للسيدات في صفوف الجيش الجيش الحر لاقى انزعاجاً كبيراً من المقاتلين الرجال، خاصة من الجماعات الإسلامية التي لا تنضوي تحت راية الجيش الحر، لكن يؤمن الكثير منهم في الوقت ذاته بضرورة عملهن وذلك لما يملكن من كفاءات عملية وعلمية.

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Tire Training (5 of 8)
Amman, Jordan
By Osie Greenway
11 Dec 2012

She Fighter training consists of many different types of strength training.

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The Founder, Lina Khalifeh (4 of 8)
Amman, Jordan
By Osie Greenway
11 Dec 2012

Khalifeh right, and trainee work on defense and martial art techniques at the She Fighter studio in Amman, Jordan.

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She fighter Bulletin (2 of 8)
Amman, Jordan
By Osie Greenway
11 Dec 2012

She Fighter ranges from ages 6 and above and many younger she fighters decorate the studio walls with drawings Amman, Jordan.

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She Fighter founder Lina Khalifeh (3 ...
Amman, Jordan
By Osie Greenway
11 Dec 2012

She Fighter founder Lina Khalifeh works on defense and martial art techniques with trainees at the She Fighter studio in Amman, Jordan.

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She Fighter Equipment (1 of 8)
Amman, Jordan
By Osie Greenway
11 Dec 2012

The equipment and interior in the She Fighter studio is a classic girlie pink but the fighting and techniques learned here are far from girlie. Amman, Jordan.

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Punch and Train with She Fighter (8 o...
Amman, Jordan
By Osie Greenway
10 Dec 2012

She Fighter students learn a variety of mixed martial arts to basic and advanced self-defense techniques with founder Lina Khalifeh