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SaturDox 2012-13

15/12/2012 @ 11:00 - 18/05/2013 @ 17:00

15 December 2012 – 18 Mayıs 2013

2012-2013 Saturdox Program

Five Broken Cameras

15 December 2012, 19:00

Directors: Guy Davidi, Emad Burnat

Occupied Palestinian Territory, Israel, France, The Netherlands, 2011, 90′

Discussant: NİCOLA SAAFİN (Boycott, Divesment and Sanctions against Israel)

When his fourth son, Gibreel, is born in 2005, self-taught cameraman Emad Burnat, a Palestinian villager, gets his first camera. At the same time in his village of Bil’in, a separation barrier is being built and the villagers begin to resist this decision. Burnat films this non-violent struggle, while at the same time recording the growth of his son. Very soon, these events begin to affect his family and his own life. One camera after another used to document these events is shot or smashed. In the film Burnat shot with Israeli film producer Guy Davidi, each camera unfolds a part of history and his story.

Ana Dilim Nerde?

Where is My Mother Tongue?

29 December 2012, 19:00

Director: Veli Kahraman

Turkey, 2012, 61′

Discussant: NESRİN UÇARLAR (Political scientist)

Elderly Mustafa realizes that his mother tongue is about to disappear and he holds himself responsible because he couldn’t teach this language to his children. During the days that he must rest due to his illness, while confronting the idea of reaching the final years of his life, he decides to record his language which is fading away. “Where is my Mother Tongue?” focuses on an actuality that can no longer be hidden after years of restrictions on speaking one’s own language even at home and on the effects of the cultural trauma created by the official policies in Turkey on a middle class family.

900 Days

12 January 2013, 19:00

Director: Jessica Gorter

The Netherlands, 2011, 77′

Discussant: AYFER BARTU CANDAN (Boğaziçi University, Department of Sociology)

“900 Days” is a documentary about the Blockade of Leningrad during World War II. The film presents an emotional picture of the struggle of some survivors, whose personal memories tend to be overshadowed by the heroic myth held up by the authorities. That myth is in painful contrast with the horrific truth they were forbidden to mention all these years.



26 January 2013, 19:00

Director: Bülent Öztürk

Turkey, Belgium, 2012, 51′

Discussant: ÖZCAN YURDALAN (Photographer and writer)

The film follows the life of Sıddık, a 42 year old father, desperately looking for his children under the debris of their collapsed house after the earthquake in East-Turkey in 2011. Meanwhile two slum children Eso and Atilla look for iron in the ruins in order to gain money and survive… “Waiting” focuses on the efforts of Sıddık, Atilla and Eso to survive after the earthquake, and their daily life struggles. In this way it tries to depict a panorama of the whole region and the local community.

Bir Aylak Adam

An Idle Man

9 February 2013, 19:00

Director: Özgür Şeyben

Turkey, 2012, 85′

Discussant: From “documentary” to “fiction”: Round table with the participation of the director

Mehmet Murat Özyurt is a man who spends his days doing nothing. He goes out of his house in the morning, spends time in the shopping malls and wanders around in various places of the city with no specific purpose. In the evenings he always goes to either an exhibition opening or a film premiere where he finds the opportunity to have a couple of drinks and to socialize with his friends. Mehmet Murat, whose days are always spent in similar ways, sees himself as the dervish of modern times.

The Return of the Arameans

23 February 2013, 19:00

Director: Anja Reiß

Germany, 2012, 60′

Discussant: TUMA ÇELİK (European Syriac Union -ESU- Turkey representative and SABRO journal chief editor)

“Tur Abdin” is the name of the motherland of Aramean Christians in Southeast Turkey, not far from the Syrian border. It used to be one of the first Christian settlements, but now the Christians are a small minority here. Due to wars and the violence and repression they experienced, most Aramean Christians were forced to migrate to different countries like Germany. Now, some exiled Arameans want to return from Göppingen to Southeast Turkey to save their cultural heritage and to rebuild the destroyed villages. We follow them on their journey to their motherland and document their struggle for saving a millenary culture.

Her Cinema Love

Director: Nejra Latić Hulusić, David-Jan Bronsgeest

Bosnia Herzegovina, The Netherlands, 2011, 20′

Good Husband Dear Son

Director: Heddy Honigmann

The Netherlands, 2001, 50′

9 March 2013, 19:00

Discussant: HALİDE VELİOĞLU (Anthropologist)

Her Cinema Love:

Sena has only one aim: not to think about her two children she lost during the war. She owns a bar in a cinema that welcomes everybody, including former sniper Slavisa, who spent his days during the war shooting at Sena’s street. Knowing that Sena’s sixteen-year-old son was killed by a sniper bullet, unemployed Slavisa works part-time jobs for Sena and claims that if he ever had known that someone like Sena lived on that street, he would never pull the trigger.

Good Husband Dear Son:

Life proceeds at a gentle pace in Ahatovici, a picturesque village in the green hills outside Sarajevo. But Ahatovici was far from quiet in 1992, when the Chetniks rounded up and murdered 80 percent of the men. Not a single house escaped the curse of death. Ten years later, the women carry on with their daily chores and rituals, still weighted down by grief.

Children of the Riots

23 March 2013, 19:00

Director: Christos Georgiou

Greece, England, 2011, 48′

Discussant: FOTİ BENLİSOY (Writer)

On 6 December 2008, fifteen-years-old Alexandros Grigoropoulos was killed by police whilst out with friends. His death prompted riots that set Athens ablaze and lasted 3 weeks. In this film “children” who witnessed his death and the running battles with the police, reflect on their worlds three years later as they deal with Greece’s on-going crises. We observe their lives and hear of their hopes, dreams and fears as they navigate uncertain futures through times of great upheaval.

The Pruitt-Igoe Myth: An Urban History

6 April 2013, 19:00

Director: Chad Freidrichs

USA, 2011, 83′

Discussant: TUNA KUYUCU (Boğaziçi University, Department of Sociology)

“The Pruitt-Igoe Myth” explores the social, economic and legislative issues that led to the decline of conventional public housing in America, and the city centers in which they were built, while tracing the personal and poignant narratives of several of the residents of the notorious Pruitt-Igoe public housing complex in St. Louis.

Heart of Sky, Heart of Earth

20 April 2013, 19:00

Directors: Eric Black, Frauke Sandig

Germany, 2011, 98′

Discussant: UYGAR ÖZESMİ (change.org Turkey director)

The remote homelands of the present-day Maya in Mexico and Guatemala present a perfect microcosm that shows how unhindered globalization is already destroying the earth and indigenous cultures are now under attack for their natural resources from all sides. “Heart of Sky, Heart of Earth” presents another worldview, following six young Maya into their daily and ceremonial life, revealing their determination to resist the destruction of their culture and environment.

Children of the Revolution

4 May 2013, 19:00

Director: Shane O’Sullivan

Ireland, UK, Germany, 2010, 93′

Discussant: EMİN ALPER (Director, historian – ITU Department of Humanities and Social Sciences)

“Children of the Revolution” tells the stories of Ulrike Meinhof and Fusako Shigenobu – revolutionary women who emerged from the student movements in Germany and Japan in 1968 to become the leading female “terrorists” of their time. Fuelled by the killings in Vietnam, they set out to destroy capitalist power through world revolution. With capitalism and the Middle East once more in crisis, authors and journalists Bettina Röhl and May Shigenobu explore the lives of their mothers, Ulrike and Fusako. As Bettina and May address their mother’s actions one question comes to mind: what were they fighting for and what have we learned?

Ben Uçtum Sen Kaldın

I Flew You Stayed

18 May 2013, 19:00

Director: Mizgin Müjde Arslan

Turkey, 2012, 81′

Discussant: Hamza Aktan

This film is a story of a woman looking for her guerilla father whom she never met. On her journey from Istanbul to Maxmur she questions her father’s past, wonders what what kind of a man he was and whether he loved her or not. This quest brings her face to face with her closest relatives.



15/12/2012 @ 11:00
18/05/2013 @ 17:00
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