- Forum and Panel: 18 March 2012 Sunday, 16.00
- Documentary Screening and Exhibition Book Distribution: Wednesday 18 April, 19.00
- Dates: 18 March 2012 - 21 April 2012
"The Fire and the Wedding" videos are essentially the visual record of the struggle of Kurdish villagers from Kotranıs in Hakkari to maintain their livelihood and identity after they were displaced and forced to migrate by the state in 1994, settling in the suburban area Türközü in Ankara and earning their living by collecting waste paper at the city center.
Over the last decade, as different, darker facets of recycling; for instance that forced migration, discrimination against the Kurdish people is concealed behind the waste we litter on the street without so much as a second glance, became acknowledged, various videos and texts on this issue have been produced. Yet additionally, in the same period, there were also some people from Kotranıs who recorded their own experiences and expressed their testimonies via video themselves.
"The Fire and the Wedding" reveals what has been experienced in this country's capital city's garbage as the projection of the Kurdish struggle for existence through our shared visual testimony.
Forum and Panel - March
18, 2012, 16.00
Fire and the Wedding: From Forced Migration to the Struggle for Identity Over the Last Decade
Along with the "Fire and Wedding" video exhibition, a forum and a panel will be held with the participation of villagers from Kotranıs. Villagers and activists who have been struggling to establish an organization for scavengers since years, will share their experiences at the forum. Political, social and economic aspects of forced migration will be discussed at the panel that will take place after the forum.
Oktay İnce (Moderator-Video Activist, Blacknews Video
İrfan Aktan (Journalist)
Hamit Temel (Scavenger, Director-Ankara Recycling Association)
Mehmet Karaman (Scavenger)
Medet Dilek (Documentary filmmaker, Yırtık Perde Art Collective)
Selami Çelikok (Scavenger, cameraman)
Fehmi Çelikok (Scavenger, cameraman)
Tahsin Kahraman (Scavenger)
Ali Mendillioğlu (Activist)
M.Onur Yılmaz (Architect, Activist)
İrfan Aktan (Moderator, Journalist)
Betül Altuntaş (Assoc. Prof., Faculty of Economic and Administrative Sciences, Mugla University)
Bilgin Ayata (Dr., Political Sciences, Freie Universitat)
Dilek Kurban (TESEV Democratization Program Director)
Oktay İnce (Video Activist, Blacknews Video Collective)