Join us for a screening of “Hawar – My Journey to Genocide” followed by a discussion with renowned filmmaker Düzen Tekkal. Tekkal's film portrays the events following the Islamic State’s attack on Iraq’s Yazidi minority in August 2014 - leaving 5,000 dead, half a million displaced and 3,000 girls and women forced into sexual enslavement. “Hawar” is the story of Düzen Tekkal’s journey back to her Yazidi homeland and her arrival to an IS bloodbath.
About the speaker
Düzen Tekkal is an award-winning German journalist and human rights activist of Kurdish-Yazidi origin and current chairwoman of HAWAR.help. Her former journalistic activities include authorship and reporting for German TV stations RTL and ZDF.
Tekkal’s intercultural skills and knowledge on immigrant communities make her a highly valued speaker in political settings in Germany and around the globe. She was recently invited to the United Nations for the appointment of escaped ISIS victim Nadia Murad as UN Goodwill Ambassador. Tekkal was the first journalist to feature Murad in her documentary “Hawar”, helped her seek asylum in Germany and has been a leading figure in the movement to get the Sinjar massacre recognized as genocide.
The event is sponsored by The Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies, the Herbert J. Ellison Professorship, the College of Arts & Sciences, the Center for West European Studies, the Center for Global Studies, the Simpson Center for the Humanities, the Middle East Center, the Stroum Center for Jewish Studies, the Center for Human Rights, the Center for Communication, Difference & Equity, the Near and Middle Eastern PhD Program, the Law, Societies & Justice Program, the Comparative History of Ideas Program, the William H. Gates Public Law Program, the School of Social Work Student Advisory Council, the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, the Department of Sociology, the Department of Communications and the Department of Political Science