1. In March of 2015, I set off to the Kurdistan region of Iraq and Syria to begin a new personal project. In the beginning, I thought perhaps it would be a still photography trip only. But just as I left the door, I decided to grab my GoPro kit in case anything interesting happened and I could just film it myself. This is that footage.

    00:00 - Intro, Joey departs NYC
    01:31 - Preparation in Sulaymaniyah, Iraqi Kurdistan
    02:15 - PKK Guerrillas in Makhmour
    05:41 - Crossing the border into Syria, YPG/J Guerrillas in Rojava
    07:19 - Interview with YPJ members
    09:07 - Daily life on a YPG/J base and photoshoot
    10:13 - Clash in Tel Tamer, dead ISIS fighters
    12:38 - Interview with American YPG Fighter “Fat Jack” in Tel Tamer
    13:44 - Tel Hamis liberation, guerrillas living in abandoned ISIS base
    16:38 - Urban exploration of abandoned ISIS base
    20:28 - Overview of humanitarian crisis on Sinjar mountain
    23:10 - ISIS suicide VBIED attack inside the besieged city of Sinjar
    25:14 - Funeral of YBŞ guerrilla fighter in Sinjar
    26:23 - Yezidi refugees and Shingal Resistance Unit
    28:37 - Outro and closing thoughts
    29:19 - Funeral of British YPG soldier Konstandinos Erik Scurfield
    30:38 - Credits

    The photography in this video and further writing can be found at:

    joeyl.com/blog/all/post/guerrilla-fighters-of-kurdistan

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