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Before Your Eyes (2009)
"Min Dit: The Children of Diyarbakir" (original title)

 |  Drama  |  2 April 2010 (Turkey)
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Diyarbakir, in the late nineties: Two young Kurdish children are forced to live on the street after their parents have been murdered by a member of a secret state security force.

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Credited cast:
Senay Orak ...
Gülîstan
Muhammed Al ...
Firat
Hakan Karsak ...
Nuri Kaya
Suzan Ilir ...
Zelal
Berîvan Ayaz ...
Dilan 'Dilara'
Fahriye Çelik ...
Mother
Alisan Önlü ...
Father
Berîvan Eminoglu ...
Aunt Yakbun
Mehmet Inci ...
Mîkaîl
Çekdar Korkusuz ...
Çekdar
Recep Özer ...
Bindest
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Dilan Akdemir ...
Mrs. Songul's daughter
Yavuz Akkuzu ...
Pharmacist
Mukaddes Alatas ...
Dressy Woman
Ihsan Arat ...
Man giving the ticket
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Ten-year old Gulistan and her younger brother Firat live happily with their parents in Diyarbakir, the heart of Turkish Kurdistan. Tragedy strikes when their mother and father are shot down by paramilitary gunmen before their eyes. Traumatised and orphaned, Gulistan, Firat and their infant sister are placed in the care of their young, politically-active aunt Yekbun who soon disappears without a trace. As days turn into weeks, the money that their aunt left them runs out. Eventually, the children have to fend for themselves on the streets, where one day, Gulistan is shocked to come across the murderer of her parents. Written by Anonymous

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Distant voices
19 June 2014 | by (Greece) – See all my reviews

I prefer the myriad contours of internal landscape over the hardships of external, Antonioni over De Sica. I love to engage the illusory tug and pull of urges that creates a softer suffering, gross injustice and hypocrisy out there strike me as sad baggage of how undeveloped we are. And I'm drawn to mull over the endless possibility of film to push the ways we perceive and imagine ourselves, I can muster no passion on the other hand for simply dependable craft hitched on a social cause.

So, I'm only being honest here, this is a solid film, that troubles and sheds light on marginalized lives, that affects in a modest way, but I can feel in me no enthusiasm about it and only a distanced solemnity. It can only be for me a sad reminder of how far back stretches the rear guard of civilization and how unlucky for some people, Dyarbakir in the film, further east these days it's Tikrit and Pakistan. Can we do something beyond a troubled viewing from the comfort of our homes? Is viewing enough? Is a film like this going to be shown to the people who need it most?

The ending is a poignant call about just this: instead of taking up the same gun in turn against a murderer, let his neighbors and people on the street know, circulate the narrative that unmasks.


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