TIGRIS REBELS

A documentary about a Kurdish village in Turkey which defies its oppressors
– feudal landlords, the army and the construction of a water dam –
for over 40 years on end.

ENGLISH | DEUTSCH

Trailer & ScenesFilm Tour Germany 2017

Film Tour Germany 2017

Wednesday

13.09 – 8 pm

Bremen

Kioto / Lagerhaus
Schildstr. 12-19
28203 Bremen

Thursday

14.09 – 7 pm

Münster

Cinema
Warendorferstr. 45-46
48145 Münster

Cooperation with Debatte e.V.
and Initiative „Perspektive Rojava Münster“

Talk with Nedim Hazar
Moderation: Wilhelm Achelpöhler

Friday

15.09 – 8 pm

Oberhausen

Kino im Walzenlager
Hansastraße 20
46049 Oberhausen

Cooperation with Ruhrwerkstatt

Discussion: tbc

Monday

18.09 – 7:30 pm

Göttingen

Kino Lumière
Geismarlandstraße 19
37083 Göttingen

info@lumiere.de
Tel: (0551) 484523
Fax: (0551) 487098

Cooperation with alsharq e.V. und Gesellschaft für bedrohte Völker

Podium: Christoph Dinkelaker (alsharq)

Tuesday

19.09 – 8:30 pm

Mainz

CinéMayence im Institut Français
Schillerstraße 11
55116 Mainz

Wednesday

20.09 – 6 pm

Hannover

Kino am Raschplatz
Raschplatz 5
30161 Hannover

Tel: 05 11 / 31 78 02
info@filmkunstkinos-hannover.de

Cooperation with alsharq e.V.

Podium: Christoph Dinkelaker (alsharq)
Moderation: Franziska Wolters

Donnerstag

21.09 – 6 pm

Halle (Saale)

Zazie Kino und Bar Halle

Tickets: 3€

Talk with Nedim Hazar +
Moderation: Rebecca Plassa (hbs SA)

Friday

22.09 – 7 pm

Lüneburg

SCALA-Programmkino + Medien GmbH
Apothekenstraße 17
21335 Lüneburg

Tel. (0 41 31) 224 32 22 (Office)
Fax (0 41 31) 224 32 28
E-Mail: info@scala-kino.net

Podium: Rebecca Harms (MdEP)
Moderation: Franziska Wolters

Monday

25.09 – 7 pm

Rostock

Li.Wu.
FRIEDA 23
Friedrichstr. 23
18057 Rostock

Cooperation with Lichtspieltheater Wundervoll
in the context of the Kurdish Film Days

Wednesday

27.09 – 7 pm

Augsburg

Liliom Kino
Unterer Graben 1
86152 Augsburg

Thursday

28.09 – 8 pm

Göppingen

Club Mambule
Dietrich Bonhoeffer Haus
Ulrichstraße 29
Göppingen

Cooperation with Open End  
Kommmunales Kino Göppingen e.V.
and Amnesty International
Göppingen Local Group

Event in context of
Intercultural Weeks
Göppingen Municipality

Talk with Nedim Hazar
Moderation: Henrike Narr (HBS BW)

Friday

29.09 – 7:30 pm

Berlin

Heinrich Böll Foundation
Schumannstr. 8
10117 Berlin

Film Synopsis

Feudal landlords declared war on a small village in the Kurdish regions of Turkey in 1978. They wanted to usurp the lands of these people who used to live in caves until a few years before. The villagers fought back and hence began the unending rebellion of the 380 Kurdish inhabitants of Shkefta on the Tigris River.

The landlords’ men beleaguered the Shkeftanians for months on end, shot at anything that moved from the other river bank. They sent a bomb packaged in a food sack supposedly sent by relatives from a town nearby. Eight people died, children, women. The Shkeftanians did not budge.

After the military coup in 1980, almost all male Shkeftanians were arrested, imprisoned and severely tortured for allegedly being PKK members. The women took charge of things. When the men were released in the 1990’s, the army demanded them to become “village guards”, para-militia against the Kurdish guerillas. They refused and the village was besieged once again, this time by the Turkish army, which is still stationed at a base right beside Shkefta today. The commanders forbade fishing, restricted humans and livestock to the village and set an ultimatum: “Either you become village guards or we will burn down the village”. The Shkeftanians wrote in protest to political parties, to the government, even to US President Clinton. Turkish businessman Cem Boyner intervened in Ankara and the village was saved from total destruction.

Afterwards, the people of Shkefta formed a cooperative and bought an excavator to dig out sand from the Tigris. In the midst of a harsh landscape, Shkefta evolved to become perhaps the most beautiful village along the Tigris. The streets were paved, a sewer system was built, the village is now surrounded by gardens and fields. Enter the construction of the Ilisu Dam 60 km down the river. When it begins operating, over a hundred villages, among them Shkefta and the neighbouring ancient town of Hasankeyf, will be flooded.

This is when the Shkeftanians met up with the Turkish-German documentarist Nedim Hazar and his team. Together, they embarked on an eighteen-month-long filming journey which took them from their own history to incidents concerning the Armenian genocide conveyed by the villagers’ forefathers, to the war in Syria and current authoritarian Turkish politics. With stop-overs in a nearby Syrian-Kurdish refugee camp and Kobane which was embattled at that time, this film tells the story of simple people who insist -as the poet says- “to live! Like a tree alone and free, like a forest in sisterhood”.

This film is based on an idea by
ULRIKE DUFNER

Writer – Director

Born in Ankara and brought up in Sydney, Australia and in Istanbul, Nedim Hazar Bora lived in Cologne, Germany between 1980 and 2003.

He became a member of the Ensemble of the Ruhrfestspiele Recklinghausen Theater for three years, and acted in various TV and cinema films. A breakthrough of his Ethno-Rock-Band “Yarinistan” where he sang and co-composed, put him on an unending musical tour between London and Alma Ata from 1987 until 1994.

Between 1994 and 2003, he hosted and produced current affairs and music programs in WDR, German public radio on the one hand, TV reports and programmes for culture and history shows on the other. His debut as director of a feature length documentary, “Asylum on the Bosphorus” (ZDF/3sat), was in 2001.

He returned back to Istanbul in 2003 and worked in the Turkish news and documentary channel NTV as a director and producer until May 2013. He produced and directed numerous prime-time documentaries and programs there and received various national and international awards, public acclaim and high viewer ratings for his work.

See nedimhazar.com for his filmography.

Film Team

MUSIC

ADAM HURST
(worldcello.com)

PRODUCTION

Director of Photography:
KADİR YÜCEL

Assistant Director:
OZAN OZAN

Line Producer:
GÜLŞİN KETENCİ

Sound Recording:
BÜLENT YURTTAŞ
ERKAN AKPINAR

Assistant:
ÇEKDAR KANDEMİR

Translation:
SEHRETE BOZKUR

POST PRODUCTION

Editing:
NEDİM HAZAR

Editorial Support:
MAHMUT KELEŞ

Sound Design:
UMUT ŞENYOL

Coloring:
İLKER ÇEVİKKAYA

Translation:
ULRIKE DUFNER
ALEX DAWE

CONSULTANTS

CAY WESNICK
RIDVAN BAĞIŞ
NEJAT TAŞTAN
ERKAN ŞENSES
EZEL AKAY

was supported by

PRODUCTION

The Heinrich Böll Foundation (boell.de)

and Friends and Supporters
of the Heinrich Böll Foundation

POST PRODUCTION

Diether Alexander Behr, Bernd Robionek

Dr. Diether Dehm, Musikanten Verlag,
Erdal Özyağcılar

Cem Özdemir, Christoph Köhler, Hedwig Fuss, Günther Heinrich, Mehmet Uyargil

IMC-TV, Progetto Mediterranea Italy, KOMKAR e.V. Deutschland, Startnext Deutschland, Atlas Production Istanbul, Kulturforum Türkei-Deutschland

Arif Ünal, Bernd Knopf, Ahmet Uluğ, Brigitte and Thomas Eisele, Tilbe Saran, Peter Köhle, Lale and Cem Mansur, Jürgen Neppert, Jürgen Gottschlich, Feza Özalp, Claudia Roth, Sinan Bayhan, Ton van Zupthen, Biya Han, Florian Theißing, Annette Lui and Thomas Bormann, Luitgard Matuschka, Buğda Savaşır, Wolfgang Lichtenstein, Margit Gottstein, Susanne Raukamp, Christine K., Dorothea Fohrbeck, Ali Mahdjoubi, Jörne Böhme, Dietmar Engelberth, Brita Wagener, Martin Wilk, Christine Şenol, Ömer Erzeren, Jörne Böhme

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