Nû Jîn (New Life)

Veysî Altay

This video is no longer available

Veysî Altay, Nû Jîn (New Life) (still), 2017.

Festival Forum: New York Kurdish Film and Cultural Festival 2021 Nû Jîn (New Life)
Veysî Altay

46 Minutes
Bakur, North Kurdistan

Festival Forum

October 7–21, 2021

“Woman is life, life is resistance, and resistance is Kobane.” Nû Jîn (New Life) documents the ISIS assault of September 15, 2014 on Kobane and the five-month resistance by the Women’s Protection Units (YPJ) and People’s Defense Units (YPG), depicted through the lens and daily lives of three Kurdish women guerrilla fighters—Elif Kobanê, Vîyan Peyman, and Arjîn.

Nû Jîn (New Life) is one of twelve films picked by the programmers of the fifth edition of the New York Kurdish Film and Cultural Festival as part of a special feature on e-flux Video & Film, streaming for two weeks from October 7–21 and accompanied by a conversation between the festival’s founder Xeyal Qertel and e-flux’s Lukas Brasiskis. See the full program here.

The program is part of the series Festival Forum on e-flux Video & Film, presenting collaborations with established and emerging moving-image festivals from around the world.

For more information, contact program [​at​] e-flux.com.

Film, Feminism, War & Conflict
Documentary, Revolution, Middle East
Return to New York Kurdish Film and Cultural Festival 2021
Return to Festival Forum

Veysî Altay (b.1975, Ağrı) worked as a photographer for twelve years, taking photos for theater and dance performances, magazines, movie sets, and newspapers, and has had his photographs exhibited both abroad and at home. His works include the documentaries Well (2018) and State Is the Perpetrator (2012), and the book We, The Disappeared (2011), available in three languages. Altay was also consultant, director, and set photographer for various motion pictures.


e-flux announcements are emailed press releases for art exhibitions from all over the world.

Agenda delivers news from galleries, art spaces, and publications, while Criticism publishes reviews of exhibitions and books.

Architecture announcements cover current architecture and design projects, symposia, exhibitions, and publications from all over the world.

Film announcements are newsletters about screenings, film festivals, and exhibitions of moving image.

Education announces academic employment opportunities, calls for applications, symposia, publications, exhibitions, and educational programs.

Sign up to receive information about events organized by e-flux at e-flux Screening Room, Bar Laika, or elsewhere.

I have read e-flux’s privacy policy and agree that e-flux may send me announcements to the email address entered above and that my data will be processed for this purpose in accordance with e-flux’s privacy policy*

Thank you for your interest in e-flux. Check your inbox to confirm your subscription.