A urban Turkish teacher is transferred for political reasons to a backward Kurdish village in the mountains near the Iranian border. He is welcomed with distrust, but during that harsh year the mutual cultural misunderstandings fade away.
Because of a local blood feud, a peasant family in eastern Turkey decides to sell its sheep - a most precious commodity - in far away Ankara. During their long train ride, bribes must be ... See full summary »
Teens in a Turkish prison struggle to survive under hideous conditions. Made by dying Yilmaz Guney in France, after he escaped from a Turkish prison, enabling him to accept his award at ... See full summary »
Ayse Emel Mesci Kuray,
Baris, a 5 year-old little boy, has to stay in a prison with her mother during her detention period. Baris develops a special relationship with Inci, a young woman who also stays in prison. She promises him that the kite will fly someday.
A young woman moves with her husband and small child to her husband's family in Istanbul. Her son becomes ill and the doctor tells her that he will soon die if he doesn't get an operation. ... See full summary »
The film is based on 'Fikrimin Ince Gulu', a novel by Adalet Agaoglu, which depicts a first generation gurbetci/guest-worker returning home. It covers his land journey in short bursts from ... See full summary »
This movie clearly deserves to be listed among the best Turkish films of all time. The script is based on Orhan Kemal's famous book with the same name, "On Fertile Lands"(1954). The film was banned in Turkey by the martial rule of 1980, and its ribbon was lost thereafter, to be found only after 28 years. Except for the one week it was screened in 1980, the movie was screened in Turkish theaters only in 2008. The story is about three friends who leave their village in Sivas to find work at a cotton gin factory in Cukurova. Cukurova is one of the most fertile and first industrialized regions of Turkey. It's home to agriculture based industries. Indeed, through the labor story of these three friends, we get a closer look at the production relations between factory/land owners, jobbers and workers. We witness the alienation experienced in basic human relations, the routinization of work in industrialized agriculture, the rough conditions of work, the despair of workers, and the commercialization in human relations. The movie is also not blind to women's position in production relations both as workers and as objects of male gaze. The book, and therefore the film are based on Orhan Kemal's real experiences gained while working at a cotton gin factory in Cukurova in 1930s. Overall, both the book and the movie present a nuanced picture of Turkey's early modernization from workers' perspective. Erden Kiral, the director, classifies "On Fertile Lands" as an example of realist cinema in Turkey.
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