Girls of the Sun

«Eva Husson’s “Girls of the Sun” remains a rarity in cinema for being a story centered on women in combat. In a year of historic battles over the status quo in gender and power relations, the story gains a special resonance.»
The New York Times


Somewhere in Kurdistan, not too long ago, Bahar, a young lawyer, visits her family. In a bloody attack led by extremists, her husband is killed and she’s taken prisoner with her son and thousands of other women and children.

A few months after her escape, she’s now the commander of the “Girls of the Sun”, a female battalion. The objective: to take back the town where she was captured and bring back her hostage son. By her side, Mathilde, a veteran war reporter, follows the daily life of the “Girls of the Sun” during the 3 days of the offensive. Bahar shares with Mathilde the succession of events that brought these women here together, united by their quest for hope and justice.

Out of this unimaginable situation, a universal sisterhood is born: the bond between the “Girls of the Sun”.


  • 71st Cannes Film Festival, official selection
  • 43rd Toronto International Film Festival, 2018



  • 2018 Girls of the Sun
  • 2015 Bang Gang (A Modern Love Story)
  • 2013 Those for Whom It’s Always Complicated
  • 2004 Hope to Die


Golshifteh Farahani, Emmanuelle Bercot, Erol Afsin


Screenplay: Eva Husson
Cinematography: Mattias Troelstrup
Editing: Emilie Orsini
Sound design: Emmanuel de Boissieu
Producers: Didar Domehri, Etienne Comar, Vladimer Katcharava, Jospeh Rouschop, Dan Wechsler, Jamal Zeinal Zade
Production: Maneki Films (FR), Wild Bunch (FR), Gapbusters (BE), 20 Steps Productions (GE), Bord Cadre Films (CH)

Technical Data

Format: DCP / Color
Runtime: 115′
Released: 2018
Language: French, Kurdish, English, Arabic
Sous-titrage: French, English


Original title: Les filles du soleil