Turkish Canadian Society and SFU Woodward Cultural Programs Announced 9th Edition Vancouver Turkish Film Festival (VTFF).
The festival opens Thursday, November 17 at the Vancity Theater and continues Saturday, November 19 and Sunday, November 20 at the SFU Goldcorp Center for the Arts.
On opening night, there will be a gala reception at 6 p.m., followed by a screening of Love, Deutschmarks and Death, directed by Cem Kaya. This documentary essay will be followed by a question-and-answer session with the director.
The film tells the musical and cultural story of Turkish “guest workers” in Germany since their recruitment in 1961. Filled with interesting characters, familiar singers, nostalgic songs from the early years and hip-hop from the post-reunification period, The film also brings xenophobia and racism to the fore. The film is also significant because this year marks the 60th anniversary of Germany’s recruitment of workers in Turkey.
On November 19 and 20 there will be a wide range of screenings, Burning Days from the director of A Tale of Three Sisters – a film that has been included at the festival in the past. It tells the story of a principled young prosecutor who has just been appointed in a small town. This follows his insistent and determined investigation and filing of a case in which he himself appears to be entangled.
In The snow and the bear, Set in another small town in the dead of winter, we follow a young nurse recently appointed for her compulsory service. The atmosphere is tense in the town as rumors abound that a bear is killing livestock. Along with dealing with her disapproving father at home, she finds herself embroiled in a missing person’s case.
Zuhal tells the story of a woman irritated and obsessed by the mewing of a cat that only she seems to hear. His search for the source introduces the occupants of the other apartments in his building and the dynamics between them.
Using a real life incident that saw a bust of Lenin wash up on Turkish shores as a starting point, You me Lenin uses dark humor to tell the story of a police procedural investigating his disappearance on the eve of his solemn display in the town square. We meet a lot of eccentric townspeople being interrogated to find the culprit.
Rabiye Kurnaz vs. George W. Bush is based on a true story and follows Rabiye, a German of Turkish origin, in her fight to free her son from Guantanamo Bay. Her naivety and sense of humor are infectious as she and a German human rights attorney take the case all the way to the United States Supreme Court.
In Ee List of those who love me, a drug trafficker with an exclusive clientele of artists and celebrities in a trendy district of Istanbul is finding it increasingly difficult to get his supplies due to a police crackdown. The clientele being also his friends, he takes more and more risks to find new suppliers in order to stay in their circle.
In addition to feature films, there will also be a selection of short films. These films are diverse in content, genre and style. Some films are directed by women, some focus on LGBTQ issues, and some address political, ethnic, and social conflicts.
On Saturday, November 19, there will also be a panel discussion, titled ONSCREEN and UNSEEN: Representation and Identities In Flux, starting at 2 p.m.
Since 2016, VTFF has organized roundtables on political discourse related to cinema in collaboration with SFU’s cultural programs. This year, the panel will take place at the SFU Goldcorp Center for the Arts on Saturday, November 19 at 2 p.m. The discussion will focus on how cultural/personal identities are represented on screen and how quickly they are changing due to digital platforms in a hypermediated and globalized society.
Panelists come from a wide variety of backgrounds, and they will shed light on how they see cultures and/or identities (including their own) being represented in film and how that representation has changed over the years.
The panel includes film industry personalities from Europe, Turkey and Canada, such as Turkish-German filmmaker Cem Kaya, Chilean/Canadian actor, author and playwright Carmen Aguirre, Turkish actor Belçim Bilgin, acclaimed filmmaker Baljit Sangra and Adel Iskandar. , Professor of Global Communication at Simon Fraser University.
The panel is free and open to the public, to reserve a place, go to The VTFF ticket page.
When: Thursday, November 17 Opening Gala Reception; screenings from Saturday November 19 to Sunday November 20
Where: Opening Night at the Vancity Theater — Screenings at the SFU Goldcorp Center for the Arts
Price: Different prices — available here