Sabaya may be an important social-issue documentary, but much of its content would fit equally well in a Hollywood action movie. There are rescue raids, spy missions, car chases and fires in this depiction of brave people trying to rescue sex slaves in Syria.
However, it’s also a thoughtful depiction of how human rights violations can create a ripple effect of emotional scars, both in the victims and the people trying to help them.
“The first 20 minutes of Hogir Hirori’s extraordinary documentary has the beat of a gripping thriller, full of hushed voices, car chases, and the terrifying sounds of gunfight.” - Phuong Le, The Guardian
“This documentary is brave, scary, and outrageous, I can’t believe this is happening and I’ll be sharing it with everyone I know.” - Malika Harris, Irish Film Critic