Saturday, January 19, 2008
2007 Hidden Faces by Handan Ipekci
Original Title:Sakli Yüzler
Production:Yeni Yapim Film
Co-Production:Tradewid Pictures, Bir Film
Cast:Senay Aydin, Istar Gökseven, Berk Hakman,
Helmut G.Weber, Thomas Springer, Ersan Çongar
Feza Çaldiran, Ümit Ardabak
Aytekin Birkon, Natalin Solakoglu, Handan Ipekçi
127 min, 35mm, 1:1,85, color&b/w, Dolby Digital
A documentary filmmaker unwittingly reignites a murderous vendetta that prompts an honor-obsessed man to track down his niece, whom he blames for soiling the family´s honor.
Horror, disbelief, enthrallment - the emotions flickering on the faces of the viewers in the theater speak volumes. They are watching the Turkish documentary �Honor Killings - A Violation of Human Rights�. The 'heroine' is Zurhe, a young woman from rural Turkey who loved the local shepherd and had a child from him before he abandoned her. To restore the family's honor, Zurhe�s uncle Ali forces her 17-year-old brother Ismail to strangle the baby in front of her eyes. Zurhe herself is the next to die, but instead of killing her, her father kills himself. When an enlightened uncle from Germany comes to take her with him, he too is killed by the family's men - bloodshed blamed on the underage Ismail, who is only given a five-year sentence. Finally, Zurhe is shot and left for dead. But she survives and, thanks to a kindly lawyer, begins a new life with a new identity in a town near Istanbul. By participating in the documentary, Zurhe wants to help prevent such honor killings. Unfortunately, her uncle Ali sees the film and is determined to finish the job he began several years ago ...
Known for her socio-critical films, award-winning Turkish filmmaker Handan İpekçi has crafted a searing indictment of honor killings and a suspenseful, intricately constructed crime drama with an exciting race-against-time component.
Director Handan Ipekci :
In Turkey, under the guise of 'cleaning the honor', violence is used against women, and many
women are murdered for dishonoring their families. In a way, the violence used against women
After studying radio and television at the Faculty of Communication of Gazi University, Ipekçi had her first experience of directing in 1993, when she made the documentary “Kemencenin Turkusu” (“Song of the Kemence). The following year, in 1994, she shot her first feature “Babam Askerde” (“Dad is in the Army”). In her latest feature “Büyük Adam Küçük Ask” (Hejar) Ýpekci won 21 awards over the world and “Büyük Adam Küçük Ask” was released in Germany, Englang and Japan, and it was shown in WDR in Germany.
1993 KEMENÇENIN TÜRKÜSÜ / SONG OF THE KEMENÇE, Documentary
1994 BABAM ASKERDE / DAD IS IN THE ARMY, Feature
2001 BÜYÜK ADAM KÜÇÜK ASK / HEJAR, Feature
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