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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This is the story of two women on opposite ends of a life-time, a very young, curious Jiyan and her life-weary but resistant grandmother Berfe, in order to save the person who links them to each other.
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Nihal G. Koldas
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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
Turkish documentary filmmaker Huseyin Karabey teams up with actress and screenwriter Ayca Damgaci to tell this deeply personal love story set against the backdrop of the 2003 U.S. invasion of Iraq that was based on true events and won them both critical acclaim and a slew of international film festival awards.
Ayca Damgaci puts in an incredibly powerful central performance as she carries the film virtually by herself with fine but fleeting support from Cengiz Bozkurt, Nesrin Cavadzade and Ani Ipekkaya as well as hilarious and emotional excerpts from the video love letters of as her leading man Hama Ali Kahn.
The filmmakers retrace the leading lady's curious journey from west to east in search of love putting the director's documentary film-making skills to good use capturing the flavour of the places the pass through and people to meet in a cinéma vérité that accentuates the human tragedy.
Only winds from the East.
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