“… something truly remarkable is taking place even as the world turns its gaze the other way.” – Senses of Cinema
In 1988 the Iraqi Ba’ath party murdered and buried 182,000 Kurds in 350 mass graves in a genocidal massacre known as the Anfal Campaign, or often just “Anfal”. Only 10 people managed to escape, including Faraj who climbed out from among the dead and was taken to the US by Human Rights Watch.
To raise awareness of this genocide, Faraj formed the Iraqi Mass Graves Survivors group. 1001 Apples follows the deeply moving and heartbreaking journey of Faraj back to Kurdistan where, together with four other survivors, he distributed 1001 red apples and cloves to families of the dead, in a centuries-old Kurdish tradition to symbolise reconciliation and peace.
Faraj has been given a voice to tell his story through the passion of Iranian Kurdish filmmaker Taha Karimi, who tragically died in a car accident after the film was completed.