Zagros (2016): Sahim Omar Kalifa’s Directing Debut

Global Screen has picked up worldwide distribution rights to cross-cultural drama Zagros, the latest production from Belgium’s A Private View (“Vincent,” “Moscow, Belgium”).

The film is the feature debut of director Sahim Omar Kalifa, and co-written by Kalifa and Jean-Claude Van Rijckeghem.

Zagros, a young Kurd, is herding his sheep in the mountains, while his pregnant wife Havin is accused of infidelity by her in-laws.

In a culture where that is as good as a death sentence, she flees to Belgium together with her 9-year-old daughter Rayhan. Convinced of her innocence and confident that they can build a new life together, Zagros smuggles himself to the West to join them.

But when Zagros’ father arrives and moves in with them he successfully plants the poisonous seeds of doubt as to Havin’s fidelity in his son’s mind.”

Global Screen previously partnered with A Private View on Moscow, Belgium, which won three awards in Critics’ Week at Cannes in 2008.

Cineart will handle the theatrical release in Benelux.

It is a co-production with the Netherland’s Viking Film and Belgium’s Man’s Films.