From soon after the start of the Syrian Civil War, the North East Syrian enclave of Rojava has led a revolution that has radically transformed the social and political structures of the region. A democratic system of self-governance has been established since 2013. Deeply rooted in cultural sovereignty, feminist and communal values, this political project has challenged the patriarchal system, empowered ethnic and religious minorities, as well as grass-root movements, and inspired the opening of local democratic spaces. Rojava International Film Festival is born in the context of the revolution and embraces its values.