Archive of films Exam / Ezmûn

Germany / Iraqi Kurdistan / Qatar
2021, 89 min

Section: Crystal Globe Competition
Year: 2021

If Rojin doesn’t pass the university entrance exam, she will have to go through with an arranged marriage. If she does get in, she will be free. This is the pronouncement of her father, the head of the family. Rojin’s older sister Shilan tries to help her as best she can, yet every well-meant action draws the young woman deeper into a web of deceit and lies. An absorbing drama and daring probe into the theme of a woman’s right to her own life.


If Rojin doesn’t pass the university entrance exam, she will have to go through with an arranged marriage. If she does get in, she will be free. For Rojin’s older sister Shilan, who is suffering at the hands of a despotic husband, the idea that she might not get through is inconceivable, so she makes every effort to ensure Rojin succeeds. There is no way she will allow her sister to meet the same fate as her. Yet every well-meant action just brings further problems… Set in war-torn Iraqi Kurdistan, Shawkat Amin Korki’s drama boldly examines a theme deliberately ignored in Middle Eastern cinema – the subject of women’s rights: their entitlement not only to education, but also to make decisions about their own lives.

Anna Kořínek

About the director

Shawkat Amin Korki

Shawkat Amin Korki (1973, Zakho, Iraqi Kurdistan). Filmography: Crossing the Dust (Parinawa la ghobar, 2006), Kick Off (2009), Memories on Stone (Bîranînen li ser kevirî, 2014), The Exam (Ezmûn, 2021).


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About the film

Color, DCP
World premiere

Section: Crystal Globe Competition
Director: Shawkat Amin Korki
Screenplay: Shawkat Amin Korki, Mohamed Reza Gohari
Dir. of Photography: Adib Sobhani
Music: Mehmûd Berazî
Editor: Ebraim Saeedi
Art Director: Jalal Saed Panah
Producer: Mehmet Aktaş
Production: mîtosfilm
Coproduction: Masti Films
Cast: Avan Jamal, Vania Salar, Hussein Hassan, Hoshyar Nerwayi, Kawa Kadir, Shwan Attoof
Sales: ArtHood Entertainment GmbH
Contact: Alexander Masche


Shawkat Amin Korki

Film Director

Avan Jamal


Vania Salar


Mehmet Aktas


Lea Drescher


Roj Hajo


Musa Aktas


Nuka Bäumker


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