This year the southeastern city of Mardin's international film festival, SineMardin, aims to tell of the suffering of the Syrian refugees who have fled the conflict in their country as the festival will be marking its eighth edition under the main theme “Mülteci Olma” (being a refugee) from May 31 to June 7.
Speaking to the Anatolia news agency, the festival's president Helün Fırat said, “A great tragedy has been suffered in [a] place near Mardin," adding that the festival tries to understand neighboring countries through cinema.
Fırat added that regional film festivals like SineMardin construct their themes by also considering the dynamics of the societies in different regions and reflecting current situations there.
This year's theme functions as a continuation of the theme in 2008, which was “Başkasının Acısına Bakmak” (seeing the suffering of the other), according to Fırat.
The festival will open with the screening of Yılmaz Erdoğan's critically acclaimed recent movie “Kelebeğin Rüyası” (The Butterfly's Dream), which also opened several other film festivals, including the London Turkish Film Festival in February. Actress Belçim Bilgin and actor Mert Fırat from the film will attend the first day of the festival as well.
In addition to featuring the most recent Turkish films, such as director Onur Ünlü's “Sen Aydınlatırsın Geceyi” (Thou Gild'st the Even) and newcomer Ali Aydın's “Küf” (Mold), the festival will also feature films from Iran and Iraq and is also going to host London-based Iranian director Mania Akbari.
The festival will present a special screening program in Mardin's Kırklar Church for the Syrian refugees in the city as well.
CihanGüncelleme Tarihi: 28 Mayıs 2013, 10:01