No Man's Land -- No Man’s Land is a character-driven, action-packed, engaging thriller … that leans on espionage and action as well as on visceral characters and emotional drama. The story follows Antoine Darman, a charismatic Frenchman, whose life is shattered by the mysterious and tragic death of his estranged sister Anna in a suicide bombing. Antoine is convinced he saw Anna in a news program showing footage of Kurdish fighters. Desperate for answers and unable to live with the uncertainty that Anna might be alive, Antoine sets off to the Middle East to unravel a mystery that places him squarely in the depths of the Syrian civil war. Before long, Antoine finds himself joining forces with a unit of fierce, fearless, Kurdish female freedom fighters, the YPJ, and a ragtag group of international Idealists who’ve travelled to help in the fight against ISIS. The story unravels across the global landscape and it’s revealed that things are not as they seem as “true” identities and allegiances are brought to the surface, “real motives” are exposed, and relationships are questioned and broken. Sarya (Souheila Yacoub)

Born to a Flemish mother and a Tunisian father, Souheila grew up in Geneva where she became a professional gymnast at 12 years old. When Switzerland was not selected for the London Olympics in 2012, she left for Paris and enrolled at Cours Florent. She then landed a role in the critically acclaimed play Tous des Oiseaux by Wajdi Mouawad. Soon after Souheila starred in Léa Frédeval’s LES AFFAMES, then in Gaspar Noé’s CLIMAX, premiering at the Directors’ Fortnight at the Cannes Film Festival in 2018, and earned her a place among the Revelations at the César 2019. She then starred in Rebecca Zlotowski’s series Les Sauvages, broadcast on Canal Plus in 2019, followed by Philippe Garrel’s LE SEL DES LARMES which premiered at the Berlinale in 2020. She was most recently seen in the feature film DE BAS NIVEAU by Yassine Qnia. She will next be seen as a Kurdish fighter in the Arte and Hulu series No Man’s Land, directed by Oded Ruskin.

A fierce YPJ officer. Sarya, the daughter of Kurdish immigrants, was raised in Paris. At the age of 16, Sarya’s mother passed away, and her father decided to return to Kurdistan. All at once, the girl was taken away from her familiar environment and cast into a traditional, tribal society. As a Kurdish woman, her way of expressing herself, achieving independence and self-realization, was to join the YPJ. As a Kurdish soldier, she was once again considered equal to her male counterparts.

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