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Sidik en de Panter - Sidik and the Leopard

Documentary, 2019, 83 min.

Release date: November 2019 IDFA (Netherlands). World Premiere. The Persian leopard lives in the rugged mountain landscape of Kurdish northern Iraq. At least, Sidik is convinced it does. Equipped with binoculars and a walking stick, he roams the hills hunting for evidence of this feline species. He has been searching for 25 years in vain. If he were to spot a leopard here, the entire area would be classified as a protected nature reserve. He hopes that this would also put an end to the bombing and murders that plague the region.

In voice-over, Sidik talks about the hostile invasions of his home and how he had to flee his village as a child. Along the way, he meets poachers, hunters, and hikers with whom he shares memories. A conversation with a younger man who would like to leave for Europe reveals an interesting difference of opinion, showing that not everyone is as attached to his roots as Sidik is.

Atmospheric shots of the wilderness vividly capture Sidik’s love of the region. A beautiful and inspiring visual ode to perseverance and peaceful patriotism. Source IDFA

won prizes

  • NL - Amsterdam International Docu Film Festival Best Dutch Film
  • NL - Amsterdam International Docu Film Festival IDFA selection





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