Saturday, March 16, 2019

The World Today: Discussing the lives of Syrian refugees today

March 16, 2019 
CGTN America | CCTV

John Terrett spoke to Goran Zaneti for insight into the daily lives of Syrian refugees. Zaneti is a writer, activist, and political analyst with expertise in U.S. foreign policy and Middle East conflicts. He's also the film producer for "Resistance is Life" -- an award-winning documentary about Syrian-Kurdish refugees in Turkey.

Friday, August 24, 2018

Resistance is Life is now available for streaming online

After making it's way through 20+ film festivals and completing it's 2017 circuit with 7 major awards, our documentary film, Resistance is Life, is now online globally. The story of 8-year-old Evlin and her hometown is among the most remarkable and inspirational stories about Syria and is truly like no other. Please watch it and share it. 

You can visit our official website at To watch the film, search for Resistance is Life on iTunes, Google PlayVimeo, Vudu, and keep a look out for it as it arrives on Amazon Prime Video and Xfinity On Demand. (Please note that accessibility per platform will vary based on your country/location.)

You can visit our film's website by clicking here »

Sunday, January 21, 2018

The World Today: Live Commentary about Turkey's assault on US-backed Kurdish forces in Syria

January 21, 2018 
CGTN America | CCTV

As Turkey continued its assault on the Kurdish-held town of Afrin against US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) over the weekend, I sat down with CGTN’s Wang Guan to discuss the implications for the region and US interests in Syria. Despite some international objection about the assault, Turkey continues its air and ground offensive against the SDF - a US partner and important force in the fight against ISIS and other jihadist elements in the region.

You can watch the clip by clicking here »

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Interview: Ramifications of the Kurdish Independence Referendum

October 2, 2017 
WBEZ 91.5 Chicago

I was a guest on the NPR affiliate WBEZ 91.5 Chicago to discuss the ramifications of the Kurdistan Region of Iraq's referendum on independence with Worldview's host, Jerome McDonnell.
WBEZ Chicago | Steve Bynum, Jerome McDonnell -- About two months after Iraq’s army took back the northern city of Mosul from the Islamic State, Iraq’s northern Kurdistan region went to the polls to vote on independence from the country.  
Both the Iraqi and U.S. governments declared the vote — which took place on September 25, 2017 — illegitimate. Iran and Turkey, with significant Kurdish populations, also opposed the measure. Kurdish officials said that nearly 93 percent of voters supported the referendum to establish a separate Kurdish state.  
We discuss the ramifications of the referendum for Iraq and the Middle East with Goran Zaneti, a Kurdish American and independent journalist on Middle East affairs. Zaneti is currently producing a documentary on Kurdish refugees stuck on the Turkish-Syria border called Resistance is Life.
Listen to the full interview by clicking here »

Friday, September 29, 2017

The Heat: On-Air Panel Discussion about Kurdistan's Independence Referendum

September 29, 2017 
CGTN America | CCTV

This week, I made a guest appearance on CGTN America's program, The Heat, with Anand Naidoo to discuss the referendum in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq and its implications. I was part of a panel discussion that included former Turkish MP Aykan Erdemir, Kurdistan-based media Rudaw's Namo Abdulla, and former Iraq Defense Attache to the US, Ismael Alsodani. The program touched on the Kurdistan referendum, the prospects of Kurdish independence, and the position of the regional powers as well as the central government in Baghdad. 

You can watch the 3-part program by clicking here »

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Resistance Is Life wins 3 awards and continues festival circuit

The teaser above gives you another sneak peak into our now award-winning film, Resistance is Life,  about refugees stuck on the Turkish-Syrian border as their fellow town residents bravely resist attacks by ISIS terrorists. The film has won 2 audience awards for Best Documentary Feature at the Hollywood-based Dances With Films festival and the San Francisco DocFest. The film was screened at the prestigious TCL Chinese Theatres in Hollywood and San Francisco's historic Roxie Theatre in the city's Mission District. In addition, our film won the top award of Best in Show at the Macon Film Festival in Georgia's thriving town of arts and social activity, Macon.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Resistance Is Life goes to film festivals globally

Our film, Resistance is Life, is now screening in film festivals globally with its World Premiere at the Cleveland International Film Festival (#CIFF41) in Cleveland, Ohio. The feature documentary tells the story of the lives of Kurdish refugees on the Turkish-Syrian border during the siege of their hometown, Kobane, by the so-called Islamic State.