Sunday, Jun 24, 2007
Photographs sharing the same joy and pain
'We are trying to live in Ghettos without knowing each other, making each other the other
Two Turkish journalists, Tamer Altunay and Mehtap Yücel have launched a photograph exhibition titled Istanbul Armenians at the French Cultural Center as part of ULIFEST this past week.
Altunay and Yücel plan to move the exhibition to France later. The duo aims to extend an olive branch to the Armenian Diaspora. They said that they're already prepared for the possible reactions.
For the Istanbul Armenians project, which was published in the Geo Turkey Magazine last November as a photo-interview, Altunay and Yücel conducted research at the Agos Newspaper for two years. They asked for Hrant Dink's opinions on this. Tamer Altunay says, We are trying to live in Ghettos without knowing each other, making each other the other' and he said that this project is a reaction against alienating and excluding.
The Armenian Diaspora maintains its harsh attitude toward Turkey and Turks due to the traumas experienced. Armenians and Turks who made Anatolia their homeland for hundreds of years have become strangers to each other even more than a westerner.
In the recent years there have been many foreigners settling in Turkey especially from Europe and the U.S.; on the other hand, there are the foreign Armenians who have been living on these lands for centuries... Tamer Altunay says that the Armenians find the most meaningless question: Where are you from? Which country? and he says, They're from Bitlis, Sivas, Edirne, Trabzon, Van like us. Our pains are the same and our joys are common. Anatolian Armenians are people of Turkey, they're not foreigners, they have been living here for centuries. They didn't come from another geography.
Despite the worrying events occurring recently, the right-minded people in Turkey are trying to re-perceive, rather get to know each other, Turkish and Armenian alike. Exhibitions are opening, documentaries are shot, books are published.
The target is the Diaspora
The guest book at the entrance of the photo-interview exhibition in the exhibition room of the French Cultural Center is worthy of attention. As we go through the pages we are faced with emotional and a slightly bitter words depicting a love for Turkey. Eighty-five percent of the notes are anonymous. Altunay and Yücel say that they look through the guest book when they have time. They think that the anonymous notes are related to Armenians hiding their identities due to the uneasiness they live with. Twenty-eight Americans of Armenian origins visited the exhibition, and there is a lot of attention from Turkish Armenians too.
Mehtap Yücel says: First we make the ones inside us others, then we deny and judge them; if we just got out of our ghettos and looked around, we can see how similar we are. The two journalists said that they received great friendliness from Istanbul's Armenians during their research. They even became friends with some of them.
Istanbul Armenians in 45 frames
Tamer Altunay said The Armenians should not be seen as mosaics or cultural color. Thoughts are also minorities. He approaches the concept of minority from different perspectives.
The journalists draw attention that cultures living in Turkey face difficulty maintaining their own living habits, and they conducted research on the processing of Armenian establishments, too. Mentioning that the community establishments keep the schools, churches up and standing with their own dynamics, they stated that they couldn't make sense why these people who pay their taxes, do their military services are made into others so much.
The exhibition begins with Grontes Usta, a key maker in Kurtulu? who became the subject of novels, and ends with the photos of Hrant Dink. In the exhibition, there are 45 frames of the daily lives of Armenians and it's possible to read stories of their daily lives as well. The exhibition will run through July 7.
ISTANBUL - Turkish Daily News
Saturday, Jun 23, 2012
The Second "Kazakhstan Montage of Cinemas: Film & Cultural Festival" launches at the Directors Guild of America (DGA) in Los Angeles on Aug. 3 for a one-week celebration of Kazakh cinema and culture, including musicians.
The festival is a stellar opportunity for directors, producers, location scouts, and the general public to get an understanding and appreciation of this exotic locale without leaving home.
Sweeping from the Caspian Sea on its Russian border to the Altai Mountain range on the Chinese border, Kazakhstan has a rich nomadic history as well as a powerful current tapestry of cultures. Since gaining independence in 1991, the Central Asian Republic has embraced its remarkable filmmaking past that dates back to the 1930's, when Sergei Eisenstein made his classic Ivan the Terrible in this mystic land, and has even given rise to several "New Wave" movements.
Opening night on Aug. 3rd begins with a reception at 7 pm, and includes a program of live entertainment until 11 pm, at the DGA Theater.
Sponsored by Kazakh Geographic Society (KazGeo.kz ), helixfilmsinc.com , the Embassy of the Republic of Kazakhstan, and the Honorary Consulate of Kazakhstan in Los Angeles, the festival includes Advisory Board Members Steven-Charles Jaffe (GHOST, K19), David Marconi (Screenwriter, ENEMY OF THE STATE), and Ambassador Erlan Idrissov.
Tickets cost $10 (including free parking) can be purchased from the festivals website. "Kazakhstan Montage of Cinemas: Film & Cultural Festival 2012" will be held Aug. 3 - 9 at the Directors Guild of America on 7920 Sunset Blvd in Los Angeles, California
For more information, please see www.kazakhfestival.com - KazakhFilmFestLA@gmail.com
Source : HelixFilmsInc.com
Sunday, May 27, 2012
The 65th Festival de Cannes drew to a close tonight with the closing awards ceremony hosted by Academy Award nominated actress Berenice Bejo.
The top prize was captured yet again by Michael Haneke for his portrait of an elderly couple Amour. This is the second time he has bested Jacques Audiard who was also in competition with De rouille et d'os (Rust and Bone). Haneke becomes one of the few two-time Palme d'Or winners alongside Alf Sjoberg, Francis Ford Coppola, Bille August, Emir Kusturica, Shohei Imamura, and Luc and Jean-Pierre Dardenne and only the second after August to win with consecutive films his previous Palme d'Or was for his 2009 film Das weiße Band (The White Ribbon).
Matteo Garrone picked up his second Grand Prix for his film Reality. Previously, he had won in 2008 for Gomorrah.
The surprise winner for the Jury Prize was Ken Loach with The Angels' Share. He previously won the Palme d'Or in 2006 with The Wind That Shakes the Barley.
Another previous Palme d'Or winner won Best Screenplay. Cristian Mungiu who made 4 luni, 3 săptămâni ?i 2 zile (4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days) returned with După dealuri (Beyond the Hills), and it also shared the Best Actress for its stars Cosmina Stratan and Cristina Flutur.
In spite of the heavy American representation in the selection, the only American film to win a prize was Benh Zeitlin's Un Certain Regard entry Beasts of the Southern Wild which won the Camera d'Or for first film. Last night, it had won the FIPRESCI international critics' prize.
Complete list of winners for the 65th Festival de Cannes
Amour, Michael Haneke (France-Germany-Austria)
Reality, Matteo Garrone (Italy-France)
The Angels' Share, Ken Loach (U.K.-France-Belgium-Italy)
Carlos Reygadas, Post tenebras lux (Light After Darkness) (Mexico-France-Germany-Netherlands)
Cosmina Stratan and Cristina Flutur, După dealuri (Beyond the Hills) (Romania-France-Belgium)
Mads Mikkelsen, Jagten (The Hunt) (Denmark-Sweden)
Cristian Mungiu, După dealuri (Beyond the Hills) (Romania-France-Belgium)
Beasts of the Southern Wild, Benh Zeitlin (U.S.)
PALME D'OR FOR BEST SHORT FILM
SESSYZ-BE DENG (SILENCE), REZAN YE?YLBA?
Source : www.ensonhaber.com