Are you listening, mother?

August 5, 2019

A film about obedience and rebellion, mothers and sons as both move into old(er) age.

Based on the true story of Nazife Babayiğit, a 77-year-old Kurdish woman sentenced to six years of house arrest with an electronic ankle bracelet. Babayiğit (played here by Sebiha Bozan) gave her photograph, a knitted jumper and some dried fruit to two men from her village in 2008 and asked them to deliver them to her son if they ever saw him again.

Her son is an alleged member of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party or PKK (Kurdish: Partiya Karkerên Kurdistanê‎). Babayiğit was charged with supporting terrorist activities. She had not seen her son in 21 years.

The film dramatises her home arrest, under the care of her older son Deniz (Aziz Çapkurt). The mothers principals collide with her sons practicality, as he attempts to entice her to abide by the borders laid out by police. She wilfully defies them to hang out the washing, which highlights the ridiculousness of her position while enraging authorities. The son tries to shelter her from the consequences of the recurring police presence, and she begins to see him as complicit in their oppression. Awarded the Golden Horseman at Filmfest Dresden and Best Short Film at Skepto FilmFest, this is not to be missed for our DokuConnoisseurs of short form cinema.

Session details:

  • 05 Aug, 20:00, DokuKino Plato
  • 06 Aug, 12:00, Shtëpia e Kulturës

Director Tuna Kaptan will be present at both screenings for post-film Q&A.

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