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#resistayol

Documentary Film
Germany,
Turkey
2016
56 minutes
subtitles: 
English
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
Rüzgâr Buşki
Rüzgâr Buşki
Gizem Oruç
Zara Zandieh
Rüzgâr Buşki
Fehmican Gözüm
Senem Donatan, Rüzgâr Buşki
Ulaş P. Dutlu, Gizem Oruç
In the summer of 2013, Rüzgâr Buşki was on his way to Istanbul to make a documentary about his close friend Şevval, a trans-LGBTI activist. What he didn’t realise was that his visit coincided with the Gezi Park protests, one of the biggest demonstrations in Turkish history. Inevitably, the focus of the documentary shifted in light of these events and we, just like Şevval, participate in this turning point. High spirited and whimsical, “#resistayol” shows us a magical moment in the lives of thousands of people and gives us a better sense of the contribution of the LGBTI community to the human rights movement in Turkey.

Özge Calafato

The annotations to the films in the Official Selection were written by the members of the selection committee and guest authors. All quotes from DOK Leipzig catalogue articles must be identified as such and cite the author’s name. Some original titles and names have been transcribed resp. transliterated. We apologise that we cannot cite individual image sources and rights in our festival publications or festival coverage. Please note that the visual material is published exclusively for the purposes of promoting specific films or festival programmes. No transmission to third parties is provided and would only take place with the explicit agreement of the owners of the rights. The rights to the images lie with the respective copyright owners.

Country Focus Turkey
Attention! Onur Bakır, Panagiotis Charamis

The 32-year-old PhD candidate Onur finds himself in a dilemma: Should he pay to be exempted from military service or should he enlist for the compulsory six month period?

Attention!

Documentary Film
Turkey
2016
51 minutes
subtitles: 
English
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
Damla Kırkalı, Onur Bakır
Onur Bakır, Panagiotis Charamis
Kağit Kalem Makas, Berk Özen
Panagiotis Charamis
Cem Tenikalp, Panagiotis Charamis, Onur Bakır
Onur Bakır
Tamer Esin
The 32-year-old PhD candidate Onur finds himself in a dilemma: Should he pay to be exempted from military service or should he enlist for the compulsory six month period? To help him with the decision, he turns the camera on his family and friends who provide mixed responses on the ethical and political aspects of the choice he is about to make. Tackling a controversial subject with a humorous tone, “Attention!” offers an insight into the Turkish psyche with regard to their own armed forces, which remain one of the ten biggest in the world. Onur has only two months to decide: Will he pay his way out or will he go?

Özge Calafato

The annotations to the films in the Official Selection were written by the members of the selection committee and guest authors. All quotes from DOK Leipzig catalogue articles must be identified as such and cite the author’s name. Some original titles and names have been transcribed resp. transliterated. We apologise that we cannot cite individual image sources and rights in our festival publications or festival coverage. Please note that the visual material is published exclusively for the purposes of promoting specific films or festival programmes. No transmission to third parties is provided and would only take place with the explicit agreement of the owners of the rights. The rights to the images lie with the respective copyright owners.

Audience Emancipated: The Struggle for the Emek Movie Theater

Documentary Film
Turkey
2016
47 minutes
subtitles: 
English
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
Fırat Yücel
Emek Bizim İstanbul Bizim (collective)
The chronicle of a phenomenal fight to save the century-old Emek Theatre, one of Istanbul’s key historical landmarks, from being turned into a shopping mall under the government’s callous urban policies. Starting in 2010, when the venue was scheduled for demolition despite a huge outcry from the public, the struggle for Emek has been a pivotal event in Turkey’s recent political history, one that eventually paved the way for the Gezi Park protests. Using footage collected from various activists who joined the struggle, the film offers a powerful testimony for those who are striving to reclaim the right to their city.

Özge Calafato

The annotations to the films in the Official Selection were written by the members of the selection committee and guest authors. All quotes from DOK Leipzig catalogue articles must be identified as such and cite the author’s name. Some original titles and names have been transcribed resp. transliterated. We apologise that we cannot cite individual image sources and rights in our festival publications or festival coverage. Please note that the visual material is published exclusively for the purposes of promoting specific films or festival programmes. No transmission to third parties is provided and would only take place with the explicit agreement of the owners of the rights. The rights to the images lie with the respective copyright owners.

Backward Run

Animated Film
France,
Turkey
2013
4 minutes
subtitles: 
English
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
Les Valseurs
Ayce Kartal
Ayce Kartal
Ayce Kartal
In 2013, millions of people took to the streets to speak out against the Turkish government, which responded with excessive violence. Entirely drawn by hand and completed in the midst of the protests, “Backward Run” is a diary of this extraordinary struggle for justice and freedom amid the eerie silence of mainstream media.

Özge Calafato

The annotations to the films in the Official Selection were written by the members of the selection committee and guest authors. All quotes from DOK Leipzig catalogue articles must be identified as such and cite the author’s name. Some original titles and names have been transcribed resp. transliterated. We apologise that we cannot cite individual image sources and rights in our festival publications or festival coverage. Please note that the visual material is published exclusively for the purposes of promoting specific films or festival programmes. No transmission to third parties is provided and would only take place with the explicit agreement of the owners of the rights. The rights to the images lie with the respective copyright owners.

Bağlar

Documentary Film
Turkey
2016
81 minutes
subtitles: 
English
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
Berke Baş, Melis Birder, Özgür Doğan, Zeynel Doğan
Berke Baş, Melis Birder
Berke Baş, Melis Birder, Zeynel Doğan
Melis Birder, Kim Miille, Ali Ağa, Berke Baş
Cenker Kökten
For the city of Diyarbakır, usually featured in the news in the context of army operations, explosions, airstrikes, curfews and funerals, the focus on a local basketball team is a rarity. In Bağlar, a district of Diyarbakır, Berke Baş and Melis Birder follow the young players of the local basketball team and their dedicated coach Gökhan Yıldırım over the course of three years, capturing intimate moments of victory, frustration, fear, anger and hope.

At the heart of the Kurdish conflict, the boys appear as vulnerable as the city itself, but determined to succeed, and looking towards a better future. “Bağlar” is about those who won’t give in to despair.

Özge Calafato

The annotations to the films in the Official Selection were written by the members of the selection committee and guest authors. All quotes from DOK Leipzig catalogue articles must be identified as such and cite the author’s name. Some original titles and names have been transcribed resp. transliterated. We apologise that we cannot cite individual image sources and rights in our festival publications or festival coverage. Please note that the visual material is published exclusively for the purposes of promoting specific films or festival programmes. No transmission to third parties is provided and would only take place with the explicit agreement of the owners of the rights. The rights to the images lie with the respective copyright owners.

Colony

Documentary Film
Netherlands,
Turkey
2015
52 minutes
subtitles: 
English
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
Aziz Mullaaziz, Gürcan Keltek
Gürcan Keltek
Murat Tuncel
Fırat Gürgen
Marc van Goethem
Since 2007, the Committee on Missing Persons in Cyprus has been conducting excavations in the Kyrenia Mountains with the hopes of returning the remains of Greek and Turkish Cypriots to their respective families. Skeletons are exhumed; mass graves are uncovered with the help of surviving anonymous witnesses. These individuals have been missing since the tragedies of 1963/64 and 1974.

With staggering camerawork and a poised pace, “Colony” unearths Cyprus’s unsettling memory of conflict. Exploring the issues of trauma, remembrance and reconciliation, the film delves into the intricate relationship between geography and human psychology.

Özge Calafato

The annotations to the films in the Official Selection were written by the members of the selection committee and guest authors. All quotes from DOK Leipzig catalogue articles must be identified as such and cite the author’s name. Some original titles and names have been transcribed resp. transliterated. We apologise that we cannot cite individual image sources and rights in our festival publications or festival coverage. Please note that the visual material is published exclusively for the purposes of promoting specific films or festival programmes. No transmission to third parties is provided and would only take place with the explicit agreement of the owners of the rights. The rights to the images lie with the respective copyright owners.

Fidelity

Documentary Film
Turkey
2016
13 minutes
subtitles: 
English
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
Güven Zararsız
Baran Vardar
Baran Vardar
Baran Vardar
Baran Vardar
Eren Eroy
Every day, Mehmet travels for an hour to open his teahouse that is frequented by only a handful of people still left in the village. The teahouse is his only source of income but there’s much more to keeping it alive. With stunning cinematography and a dreamlike setting, “Fidelity” portrays the forgotten universe of passion and devotion.

Özge Calafato

The annotations to the films in the Official Selection were written by the members of the selection committee and guest authors. All quotes from DOK Leipzig catalogue articles must be identified as such and cite the author’s name. Some original titles and names have been transcribed resp. transliterated. We apologise that we cannot cite individual image sources and rights in our festival publications or festival coverage. Please note that the visual material is published exclusively for the purposes of promoting specific films or festival programmes. No transmission to third parties is provided and would only take place with the explicit agreement of the owners of the rights. The rights to the images lie with the respective copyright owners.

Hey Neighbour!

Documentary Film
Turkey
2014
53 minutes
subtitles: 
English
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
Asmin Film Yapım
Bingöl Elmas
Nejla Melike Atalay
M. Eren Bozbaş, Koray Kesik
Uğur Hamidoğulları
Bingöl Elmas
Uğur Hamidoğulları, Özkan Arınkal
Hale Akınlı
The ruthless gentrification policies of the government and rapid urban transformation have taken a big toll on Istanbul in the past decade. “Hey Neighbour!” is about two neighbours whose lives couldn’t be further apart. A young woman who enjoys luxury living in one of Istanbul’s newly built tower residence apartments – and an older one who, in her beloved old house in a dilapidated quarter nearby, watches the construction of a new Istanbul around her in shock and apprehension. As the gap between the rich and poor widens, gated communities proliferate, fences are built, trees disappear; the city’s rich history slowly perishes.

Özge Calafato

The annotations to the films in the Official Selection were written by the members of the selection committee and guest authors. All quotes from DOK Leipzig catalogue articles must be identified as such and cite the author’s name. Some original titles and names have been transcribed resp. transliterated. We apologise that we cannot cite individual image sources and rights in our festival publications or festival coverage. Please note that the visual material is published exclusively for the purposes of promoting specific films or festival programmes. No transmission to third parties is provided and would only take place with the explicit agreement of the owners of the rights. The rights to the images lie with the respective copyright owners.

Country Focus Turkey
I Remember Selim Yıldız

On 28 December 2011, 34 civilians, including 19 children, were killed by the Turkish army, who “mistook” them for PKK militants in an airstrike in Uludere district near the Turkish-Iraqi Border.

I Remember

Documentary Film
Turkey
2015
38 minutes
subtitles: 
English
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
Seyithan Çalışan
Selim Yıldız
Selim Yildiz, Azad Doğru
Erol Şaybak
Şiyar Aksoy
On 28 December 2011, 34 civilians, including 19 children, were killed by the Turkish army, who “mistook” them for PKK militants in an airstrike in Uludere district near the Turkish-Iraqi Border. They were carrying smuggled goods – like most people in the region, who have, for generations, earned a living by illegal border trade. “I Remember” follows 14 year old Sinan, who lost his 16 year old brother in the massacre, as he takes over the household. His mother lives in fear and despair, waiting for him to return home safe every time he hits the road.

The film was at the centre of a row over censorship, after having been withdrawn from the Ankara IFF at the last minute in April 2016.

Özge Calafato

The annotations to the films in the Official Selection were written by the members of the selection committee and guest authors. All quotes from DOK Leipzig catalogue articles must be identified as such and cite the author’s name. Some original titles and names have been transcribed resp. transliterated. We apologise that we cannot cite individual image sources and rights in our festival publications or festival coverage. Please note that the visual material is published exclusively for the purposes of promoting specific films or festival programmes. No transmission to third parties is provided and would only take place with the explicit agreement of the owners of the rights. The rights to the images lie with the respective copyright owners.

Country Focus Turkey
It’s Ari Sir, Not Ali Deniz Özden

About a world that’s hardly ever talked about: what is it like to do your compulsory military service in Turkey as an Armenian, Greek or Jewish citizen?

It’s Ari Sir, Not Ali

Documentary Film
Turkey
2015
21 minutes
subtitles: 
English
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
Deniz Özden, Ergin Aydın
Deniz Özden
Deniz Özden
Deniz Özden
Burak Taşçilar Taşçılar
About a world that’s hardly ever talked about: what is it like to do your compulsory military service in Turkey as an Armenian, Greek or Jewish citizen? Former soldiers from Turkey’s various religious minorities tell their stories openheartedly and with a wonderful sense of humour.

Özge Calafato

The annotations to the films in the Official Selection were written by the members of the selection committee and guest authors. All quotes from DOK Leipzig catalogue articles must be identified as such and cite the author’s name. Some original titles and names have been transcribed resp. transliterated. We apologise that we cannot cite individual image sources and rights in our festival publications or festival coverage. Please note that the visual material is published exclusively for the purposes of promoting specific films or festival programmes. No transmission to third parties is provided and would only take place with the explicit agreement of the owners of the rights. The rights to the images lie with the respective copyright owners.

Country Focus Turkey
Mercury Melis Balcı, Ege Okal

A young gallery assistant goes to dinner with her boss, joined by an art collector, a curator and an institutional director. She has a hard time fitting in.

Mercury

Animated Film
Turkey
2015
6 minutes
subtitles: 
English
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
Melis Balcı, Ege Okal
Melis Balcı, Ege Okal
Hilmi Bey
Melis Balcı, Ege Okal
Melis Balcı, Ege Okal
Uğur Akagündüz
Alexander Christie-Miller, Ekmel Ertan, Ege Okal, Lara Ögel, Damla Pehlevan
A young gallery assistant goes to dinner with her boss, joined by an art collector, a curator and an institutional director. She has a hard time fitting in. Entirely hand-drawn and coloured, Melis Balcı and Ege Okal disclose the absurd hierarchies of the art world in this witty and spot on debut film.

Özge Calafato

The annotations to the films in the Official Selection were written by the members of the selection committee and guest authors. All quotes from DOK Leipzig catalogue articles must be identified as such and cite the author’s name. Some original titles and names have been transcribed resp. transliterated. We apologise that we cannot cite individual image sources and rights in our festival publications or festival coverage. Please note that the visual material is published exclusively for the purposes of promoting specific films or festival programmes. No transmission to third parties is provided and would only take place with the explicit agreement of the owners of the rights. The rights to the images lie with the respective copyright owners.

Country Focus Turkey
Once upon a Time Kazım Öz

Approximately one million people in Turkey are hired as seasonal workers every year. They are severely exploited, working for very low wages without any insurance. Most of them are Kurdish and underage.

Once upon a Time

Documentary Film
Turkey
2014
81 minutes
subtitles: 
English
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
Kazım Öz
Kazım Öz
Kazım Öz
Kazım Öz, Semih Yıldız
Kazım Öz
Selahattin Mardin
Approximately one million people in Turkey are hired as seasonal workers every year. They are severely exploited, working for very low wages without any insurance. Most of them are Kurdish and underage. “Once Upon a Time” follows the story of one such Kurdish family, who travel from their hometown of Batman in Southeast Turkey to the capital city, Ankara, to grow lettuce as hired hands. During this migration, a sudden love story changes the course of events … Veteran filmmaker Kazım Öz’s documentary offers a personal perspective on the labour conditions and stark class inequalities that persist in today’s Turkey.

Özge Calafato

The annotations to the films in the Official Selection were written by the members of the selection committee and guest authors. All quotes from DOK Leipzig catalogue articles must be identified as such and cite the author’s name. Some original titles and names have been transcribed resp. transliterated. We apologise that we cannot cite individual image sources and rights in our festival publications or festival coverage. Please note that the visual material is published exclusively for the purposes of promoting specific films or festival programmes. No transmission to third parties is provided and would only take place with the explicit agreement of the owners of the rights. The rights to the images lie with the respective copyright owners.

Remake, Remix, Rip-Off. About Copy Culture & Turkish Pop Cinema

Documentary Film
Germany,
Turkey
2014
96 minutes
subtitles: 
English
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
Jochen Laube
Cem Kaya
Meryem Yavuz, Tan Kurttekin
Cem Kaya
Cem Kaya
Gözen Atila, Özkan Coşgun, Emrah Yıldırım, Gökhan Kırtaş, Orçin Inceoğlu
One of the most comprehensive and entertaining accounts of the Yesilçam Turkish cinema industry of the 1960s and 1970s, which once produced up to 350 films per year. “Remake, Remix, Rip-Off” looks at a fascinating era of cheap remakes and baffling adaptations that defy the notions of originality and copyright, released in a rush to keep up with the demands of eager cinema-goers across the country. The result is a hodgepodge of copycat variations of the same old storyboards and Turkish versions of American blockbusters.

The film is a salute to the struggle of those who endured the most absurd circumstances with pragmatism and quick wits – for the love of cinema.

Özge Calafato

The annotations to the films in the Official Selection were written by the members of the selection committee and guest authors. All quotes from DOK Leipzig catalogue articles must be identified as such and cite the author’s name. Some original titles and names have been transcribed resp. transliterated. We apologise that we cannot cite individual image sources and rights in our festival publications or festival coverage. Please note that the visual material is published exclusively for the purposes of promoting specific films or festival programmes. No transmission to third parties is provided and would only take place with the explicit agreement of the owners of the rights. The rights to the images lie with the respective copyright owners.

The Boy with Camera

Documentary Film
Turkey
2016
20 minutes
subtitles: 
English
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
Hasan Doğan, İbrahim Yeşilbaş
İbrahim Yeşilbaş
İbrahim Yeşilbaş
Hasan Doğan
Çağla Yılmaz, Abdullah Önen
Jwan is one of the three million Syrians who have fled the war and arrived in Turkey. He works in the garment industry but is gripped by an urgent desire to document the aspirations and hardships of the Syrians living in Turkey. As he sets out to make his film, filmmaker İbrahim Yeşilbaş joins him.

Özge Calafato

The annotations to the films in the Official Selection were written by the members of the selection committee and guest authors. All quotes from DOK Leipzig catalogue articles must be identified as such and cite the author’s name. Some original titles and names have been transcribed resp. transliterated. We apologise that we cannot cite individual image sources and rights in our festival publications or festival coverage. Please note that the visual material is published exclusively for the purposes of promoting specific films or festival programmes. No transmission to third parties is provided and would only take place with the explicit agreement of the owners of the rights. The rights to the images lie with the respective copyright owners.

Country Focus Turkey
The Eagle’s Tree Gülnaz Bingöl

In April 1915, amid the mass killings and expulsion of the Armenian population from Anatolia, Gülnaz Bingöl’s great-grandfather witnessed the execution of 99 Armenians by the sacred tree as a militiaman.

The Eagle’s Tree

Documentary Film
Turkey
2015
4 minutes
subtitles: 
English
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
Gülten Bingöl
Gülnaz Bingöl
Serhat Talay
Ayça Ceylan
Anıl Çizmecioğlu
Gülnaz Bingöl
Gülnaz Bingöl
Gülcihan Güneşer
In April 1915, amid the mass killings and expulsion of the Armenian population from Anatolia, Gülnaz Bingöl’s great-grandfather witnessed the execution of 99 Armenians by the sacred tree as a militiaman. Bingöl’s film unveils one of the darkest chapters of modern history through a chilling personal story.

Özge Calafato

The annotations to the films in the Official Selection were written by the members of the selection committee and guest authors. All quotes from DOK Leipzig catalogue articles must be identified as such and cite the author’s name. Some original titles and names have been transcribed resp. transliterated. We apologise that we cannot cite individual image sources and rights in our festival publications or festival coverage. Please note that the visual material is published exclusively for the purposes of promoting specific films or festival programmes. No transmission to third parties is provided and would only take place with the explicit agreement of the owners of the rights. The rights to the images lie with the respective copyright owners.

Country Focus Turkey
The Return Hale Güzin Kızılaslan

Memories and identities had long been eradicated or buried in Eastern Anatolia after the disappearance of its Armenian inhabitants; some managed to survive, but only secretly.

The Return

Documentary Film
Turkey
2015
21 minutes
subtitles: 
English
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
Hale Güzin Kızılaslan
Metin Kahraman, Kemal Kahraman, Göçmeyen Kuşlar
Hale Güzin Kızılaslan
Anıl Çizmecioğlu, Hale Güzin Kızılaslan, Baran Şaşoğlu
Anıl Çizmecioğlu, Hale Güzin Kızılaslan, Baran Şaşoğlu
Memories and identities had long been eradicated or buried in Eastern Anatolia after the disappearance of its Armenian inhabitants; some managed to survive, but only secretly. “The Return” tells one such story of confrontation, remembrance and reconciliation, questioning whether these feelings can even coexist.

Özge Calafato

The annotations to the films in the Official Selection were written by the members of the selection committee and guest authors. All quotes from DOK Leipzig catalogue articles must be identified as such and cite the author’s name. Some original titles and names have been transcribed resp. transliterated. We apologise that we cannot cite individual image sources and rights in our festival publications or festival coverage. Please note that the visual material is published exclusively for the purposes of promoting specific films or festival programmes. No transmission to third parties is provided and would only take place with the explicit agreement of the owners of the rights. The rights to the images lie with the respective copyright owners.