This screening will be preceded by the short film IKI YAKA YARIM ASK/ AMOUR DÉCHIRÉ (28 min)

This film follows the journey of Lena and Meryem during their flight from the war in Syria. Lena is a ten year old girl who has lost her family in the war. She finds herself forced to make her way to Turkey with her baby sister and their neighbor Meryem, along with the other Syrian refugees. Lena wants to return home, while Meryem's hope is to reach Europe. They arrive in Istanbul only to face new challenges, they get abandoned by the only people that could help. Their efforts to survive in the big city with all its cruelty and coldness, give us hope. At the end of the tough journey they have both learned to love and take care of each other...

Such a journey can happen to anyone, the question is: WHAT IF A WAR IN YOUR HOMETOWN WAS TO ERUPT TOMORROW?
 WHAT WOULD YOU DO? While showing Meryem and Lena overcoming the hurdles of a big city and becoming heroines of their story, this movie will enable people to have better understanding of Syrian refugees feelings and the realities they face every day.

Directors note

This is a story that has changed my life. I wrote the script under the impact of the war in Syria but it is not about the war itself, I wrote about its influence on people and the dire consequences. I have been a ‘Guest’ myself, in many refugees’ lives and have listened to their stories -more than five hundred families- especially women and children.. I have spent the last six months at the front lines; recorded the stories and witnessed first hand some of the terrifying ordeals the Syrian refugees have to live through. After witnessing the real face of war and refugee life, I have inevitably become a part of it; that is why this project is very valuable for me. It has become my passionate belief that a major gap in society’s basic duty of care towards the refugees is being ignored. In this context, as the director and the producer, I believe this movie will take the audience to a very real level of awareness as I personally experienced this story...

Antalya Golden Orange Film Festival-Avni Tolunay Public Award
Boğaziçi Film Festival- Best Film and Best Editing
Year :  2017
Length :  113 min.
Country :  Turkey
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Arab and Turkish
subtitled in French

2018-05-21 03:30:05


Friday 25 20:00