category Lone Fighters

V.O.

Kurdish, German

subtitles

Romanian, English

producer

Essence Film

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full program

21 March, 20:30, Cinemateca Eforie

Proiecție desfășurată în prezența: regizoarei Asli Özarslan și a editorului Ana Branea

22 March, 18:30, Cinema Elvire Popesco

Proiecție desfășurată în prezența: regizoarei Asli Özarslan și a editorului Ana Branea

synopsis

Simultaneously optimistic and heart-breaking, this film speaks about patriotism, belonging, and responsibility through the eyes of those who, although far and away, never truly manage to forget their homeland. Twenty-six-year-old Dil Leyla is one of those who decides to go back and do something for her long-lost country: soon after she returns to her native Cizre, in Turkey, after an entire lifetime spent in Germany, she becomes the youngest mayor of the town. Her goal is to put the Kurdish minority in Turkey on the government agenda by taking part in the parliamentary elections for the pro-Kurdish party HTP. But the same violent history which forced Leyla’s family to send her to Germany after the violent death of her father, a Kurdish guerrilla fighter, will prevent the young mayor from leading her fellow citizens towards normal, peaceful lives. This intense and jarring documentary was difficult to film and is essential to watch. 

awards and festivals

2017: IDFA – International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam 2016
2017: Thessaloniki Documentary Festival
2017: One World Prague

2017: DOK.fest München 

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