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The Sniper of Kobani

4 Shorts on the Syrian Conflict and Refugees 


About the Film

A tall, slim man walks the ruined city streets with a rifle nonchalantly slung over his shoulder. Haron is a Kurdish sniper and receives a very respectful welcome as he enters a hair salon. After all, he uses his rifle to protect Kobani’s inhabitants from the advancing Islamic State. The hairdresser has lots of questions, but Haron reveals little and heads back to work. We see him hiding behind walls, and from time to time he fires a shot. In the meantime, he reflects on his life as a sniper. He explains his solitary job, his dreams and nightmares. 


UN Sustainable Development Goal #11: Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient, and sustainable. 

Film Information

Year: NA
Length: 60 min
Language: NA
Country: Syria, Canada
Premiere: Varies
Genre: Human Rights

Cast & Credits

Director: Søren Steen Jespersen
Producer: Helle Faber

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Locations & Showtimes


Sunday November 20th |   5:45PM
River Park Auditorium

Free Admission



Join the post-show conversation with local and international artists and experts.



Afu Ocbasilassie was born in Sudan to Eritrean parents and holds a Bachelors Degree of Economics and Diploma of Social Science from Al Neelain University in Sudan. Afu moved to Calgary in 2007 and has been working in the area of settlement and integration.  Afu is currently a Settlement Counselor at Calgary Catholic Immigration Society, which is responsible for resettling Syrian and other refugees in Calgary and southern Alberta.