Tamara was born during a war. Ever since she was a small child, she has watched Turkish enemy ferociously attacking the Kurd people. Joining the armed struggle was not a choice, but a necessity. She began fighting when she was sixteen. The first promise she made to herself and her companions was to offer resistance, because struggle is “resistance”. She is now fighting in Kurdistan against the militants of ISIS. Tamara has sacrificed a lot for her ideals. Today commands an all-female squad which defends, just a short distance from the front line near Makhmur, the “secret” capital of the PKK in Kurdistan, where the families of twelve thousand political refugees live.
In the beginning, Giancarlo Bocchi made works of video art and films about art and music. After first-hand experience of a besieged Sarajevo he set out to shoot documentaries about conflicts, war and civil rights on his own, taking care also of the photography and sound recording. He made five documentaries in Bosnia on the siege of Sarajevo, and in Mexico “Journey to the Planet Marcos”, on the popular subcommander. “The Lion of Panjshir” was shot with the Afghan commander Ahmed Shah Massoud. During the conflict in Kosovo he made three documentaries, while filming many others around the world that have won him awards and acclaim at international festivals.