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Two award-winning films in Slieker!

As part of Gender matters: stories from Istanbul, two films will be screened in Slieker.

On Friday 15th December at 7 p.m. and Saturday 16th December at 11 a.m., Slieker will screen two films by two Turkish filmmakers as part of Gender Matters. The screenings will be introduced by project leaders Kees van der Meiden (Noorderlicht) & Claudia Woolgar (Brave New World Producties) and directors Gizem Aksu and Can Candan, and curator Gülen Guler (Yalan Dünya Films) will also be present for an interview.

Brief introduction by Claudia Woolgar & Kees van der Meiden (project leaders)
Film screening '9/8Fight41'
Screening of film 'My child'
Q&A with directors: Can Candan & Gizem Aksu with curator Gülen Güler

Gizem Aksu > 9/8Fight41

This short documentary dance film is based on Gizem Aksu's interest in the Sinti-Roma boxing legend of Germany, Johann Rukeli Trollmann (1907-1944).

Rukeli Trollmann was exposed to many forms of discrimination by the Nazi regime because of his “boxing by dancing as a gypsy” and was murdered in the Wittenberge concentration camp. Inspired by Rukeli Trollmann's fight, the film traces the artist's experience of immigration to Berlin and the struggle for justice in Istanbul.

Turkish with Eng. subtitles, 29’

  • Best Short Film Award AKE DİKHEA? 6. International Festival of Romani Film, Berlin

  • Special Prize from the Jury, 15. DOCUMENTARİST, Istanbul

  • Zelis Deniz Cinema Award for Sema Semih in 11. Pink Life QueerFest, Ankara 

  • Nomination for Best Short Documentary Film in 55. Turkish Film Awards, SIYAD

  • Nomination for Golden Key in 39. Kasseler Dokfest, Kassel 

  • 3rd Filmamed Documentary Film Festival, Diyarbakir, Turkey, May 2013 - JURY SPECIAL PRIZE

  • 15th Thessaloniki International LGBTQ Film Festival, Greece, September 2013 - BEST FILM AWARD

  • 18th Boston Turkish Festival Documentary & Short Film Competition, USA, November 2013 - BEST DOCUMENTARY AUDIENCE AWARD

  • 17th Flying Broom Women's Film Festival, Ankara, Turkey, May 2014 - THEME AWARD

  • 18th Pink Apple Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, Zurich, Switzerland, May 2015 - BEST DOCUMENTARY AUDIENCE AWARD

Can Candan > My child

What happens when your child comes out of the closet? 'My child' is a documentary about parents of lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transsexuals in Turkey, who intimately talk about their experiences. Moving interviews tell the story of a very courageous and inspiring group of mothers and fathers in Turkey who are parents of LGBTQI+ people. Not only have they taken the difficult road to accepting their children for who they are, but they have also taken the next courageous step by sharing their experiences with other families and the wider public.

In the film, the parents intimately share their experiences with the viewer, moving and radically redefining what it means to be parents, family members and activists in a conservative, homophobic and transphobic society.

Turkish with Eng. subtitles, 82’

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