Heads and Tails
Baştan BaşaTurkey, 2019, 59 min, Colour
Heads and Tails chronicles the curious hair trade between Turkey and Israel. Two Turkish-Israeli women, Coya and Sima, get the tails of hair from male hair traders from Turkey and sell them to wig makers in Tel Aviv, Ramat Gan and Bnei Brak. Orthodox Jewish women cover their heads with the wigs made of the hair once belonged to women from Anatolia. In this journey, the hair is turned into a commodity, a means of living and source of beauty, becomes kosher, yet doesn’t pay much to its owner, the one who carefully grows the hair.
Directors:Aylin Kuryel,Fırat Yücel
Producers:Aylin Kuryel,Fırat Yücel
Cinematography:Aylin Kuryel,Rasel Meseri,Fırat Yücel
Editing:Aylin Kuryel,Fırat Yücel
Aylin Kuryel has a PhD degree from Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis (ASCA) at the University of Amsterdam. Currently, she is based in Amsterdam teaching at the University of Amsterdam. She has made art projects/exhibitions and has completed several short documentaries. Fırat Yücel is a film critic and a filmmaker. He co-founded Altyazı Monthly Cinema Magazine in 2001, and worked as the magazine’s editor in chief since then.
FESTIVALS & AWARDS
Turkey, 2019, Istanbul International Film Festival, Special Mention
Istanbul International Film Festival, Turkey 2019 - Special Mention
Switzerland, 2019, Visions du Réel,
Visions du Réel, Switzerland 2019 -
Turkey, 2019, Ankara Int'l Film Festival,
Ankara Int'l Film Festival, Turkey 2019 -