Twenty-eight-year-old Kamil has been unemployed for quite some time, unable to find work in the competitive workforce of Turkey. Jobs are spread thin between Turkish locals and Syrian refugees, all looking to make ends meet. Frustrated by his inability to provide for his wife Ramziye, he swallows his pride and looks for a job working on the high-rises being built around his neighborhood that are part of Istanbul's urban renewal project (which has already displaced many of his friends around the neighborhood). When the opportunity for work finally arrives, it's in the form of a lower-paid job that displaces a Syrian refugee. Kamil takes the job in secret, working nights, but his problems worsen when he needs to pay for the necessary permits to operate the machinery used or risk losing his job. Desperate, Kamil must figure out what to do next. Director Ali Vatansever manages the complexities of his economically vulnerable characters with a compelling eye, weighing the crippling effects of a rapidly changing country.
In competition for the New Voices New Visions Award.
|Running Time:||102 minutes|
|Premiere Status:||U.S. Premiere|
|Language:||in Turkish and Arabic with English subtitles (deaf-friendly)|
|Producers:||Selin Tezcan, Oya Ozden, Harry Flöter, Jörg Siepmann, Anamaria Antoci|
|Principal Cast:||Saadet Isil Aksoy, Erol Afsin, Onur Buldu, Ummu Putgul, Kida Ramadan|
|Cinematographers:||Tudor Vladimir Panduru|
|Primary Company:||Doc & Film International|
guests in attendance
Director Ali Vatansever and Actor Saadet Aksoy Kiraner will be in attendance January 9 and 11.