The Many Lives of Kojin ━━━ (2019)
Dir. Diako Yazdani
*In the presence of the director and protagonist Kojin
*Winner of Best Documentary Queer Lisboa 2020
Kojin is a young Kurdish gay man who, at the director’s request, decides to confront his community about the subject of homosexuality. For that, he travels back home with director Diako Yazdani, an Iranian-Kurdish political refugee in France.
What starts as a self-discovery journey quickly turns into an exploration of the fear of the other, and both director Yazdani and protagonist Kojin, become the subject of this exceptional documentary.
Together, they embark on a mission to explore themes of religion and gay conversion therapy and face their families, friends, and other members of the Kurdish community with their rooted prejudices.
By drawing a portrait of a society where homosexuality seems not to exist, Yazdani’s debut crafts a story of courage and persistence, and about striving to live in harmony with one’s own nature, regardless of its consequences.