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PART 2: Faked scenes in Sundance-winning documentary

Yesterday, Kvartal revealed that the heroes of the internationally lauded SVT (Swedish Television) documentary Sabaya forced several Yazidi women to give up their children, falsely promising they would later be reunited. Instead, the children were offered for sale to ISIS.

In the second part of Kvartal’s investigation, we show how director Hogir Hirori fabricated several of the film’s scenes. 

Furthermore, the director now admits that the dramatic rescue of Leila, the female protagonist of the documentary, was filmed with an entirely different woman.

– I think this damages the film’s credibility, says Axel Arnö, commissioning editor at SVT and responsible editor for Sabaya.

Read the first part of Kvartal’s Sabaya investigation.


Av Ludde  Hellberg | 27 maj 2022
Ludde Hellberg är undersökande journalist och Kvartals vd.
ProfilLästid 14 min Skärmläsarvänlig
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SVT documentary Sabaya, which has won awards both at Sweden’s Guldbagge film gala and the internationally prestigious Sundance Film Festival, tells the story of two men’s struggle to rescue Yazidi women from the infamous al-Hol camp in Syria, where they have been living as sex slaves for ISIS terrorists. 

In the first part of Kvartal’s Sabaya investigation, we revealed that the two male protagonists forced the Yazidi women to leave their children behind, tricking them into believing they would later be reunited with the children. After that, the children were offered to ISIS for sale.

Sabaya was primarily financed through Swedish taxpayers’ money, having received financial support from the Swedish Film Institute and been co-produced with SVT, the Swedish public service television company.

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