When five Kurdish prisoners are granted one week’s home leave, they find to their dismay that they face continued oppression outside of prison from their families, the culture, and the government. Director Güney was a political prisoner while shooting Yol; he left the directing to Gören. He fled, went to Paris, edited the film there and received the Golden Palm at Cannes for it.
Turkey, early 1980s. A few prisoners are allowed to go on leave; Mehmet Salih, Seyit Ali and Ömer are among the lucky ones who get to taste freedom for a week. But it doesn’t get much fun: Seyit’s wife turns out to be a prostitute, and the family demands an honor killing. Mehmet has to reconcile with his wife and Ömer ends up in a Turkish-Kurdish conflict.
Introduced by Asli Ozgen
Ozgen is assistant professor of media and culture at University of Amsterdam. Her current research focuses on the precarious moving-image heritage of ethnicized, racialized, and migrant communities. She specializes in film historiography, particularly feminist and decolonial interventions. Asli is an internationally accredited film critic and a regular contributor to film events, magazines, and festivals.
This screening is part of Cineforum Festival, taking place on the 23rd and 24th of September.