Three years ago, in real-life, Hama Ali, a charismatic actor from Iraq famous locally for his performance as Iraq's version of Superman, met Ayca on a film-set. He and Ayca, a fiery actress...
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Three years ago, in real-life, Hama Ali, a charismatic actor from Iraq famous locally for his performance as Iraq's version of Superman, met Ayca on a film-set. He and Ayca, a fiery actress from Turkey, had a passionate love affair before returning to their respective homes. From his Kurdish village, Hama Ali sends Ayca video love letters which he has filmed on his handycam. She watches them from her sofa in Istanbul, with her cat for company. The video love letters capture the hellish violence engulfing Iraq, the goats and uncles populating his rural area, and also his tender affection towards her. Feeling suffocated by her own city and angered by the indifference towards the war that surrounds her, Ayca decides to make the journey eastwards to Iraq to be reunited with her lover. GITMEK, a dramatic feature film, is based on the true story of Ayca's departure from Istanbul and her extraordinary journey to the Iraqi border. At a time when many people were fleeing from East to West in ...Written by
"Gitmek": first-feature film of Huseyin Karabey. He is one of the powerful story-tellers of new Turkish cinema. Huseyin tells us a story about Turkish actress Ayca and Iraqi local artist Hama Ali who met each other first in a movie-set. Hama Ali sends her video-taped love letters to Istanbul. They are torn apart by the war in Iraq. The affection grows and Ayca decides to GO to Iraq. She decides to do something about her personal suffering and the suffering in Iraq. She decides to break the chains of indifference. There is war in Iraq, the second Gulf War. When she leaves Istanbul, she immediately faces completely different and painful realities. Going to Iraq is not that easy! Going to Iraq for love and with love is not that easy! You can go to Iraq to bomb but you cannot go to Iraq for love! Paradoxical or tragi-comic? Huseyin tells a delicate story and invites us to think about the reasons that make us move. If 'Gitmek' is telling something, it is this: not only going to Iraq, but to find in yourself the reasons to go there is the most difficult and important thing! If you are moved by this movie, think about this point! So I highly recommend the film.
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