Documentarist Shows Censored Films

Interesting (read it all via the link below): Five documentaries previously censored at Turkish festivals or cinemas will be shown at Documentarist, the festival that starts today saturday in Istanbul with a fine programme.

“A common trait linking all five documentaries is that each tells a story that does not comply with Turkey’s official nation-state policy”, as Today’s Zaman writes.

Indeed… you think after having seen the film by Swedish P-Å Holmquist and Suzanne Khardalian, “I hate Dogs – the Last Survivor” (of the 1915 atrocities/the genocide against the Ottoman Armenians), a totally shocking 29 minutes long documentary from (quoting from the website of the filmmakers) ”Garbis, (who) is a very energetic 99-year-old.; he has just met his new companion, Seta. They live in Paris, only a few blocks away from the Arc de Triomphe. Garbis, an Armenian, is one of the very last survivors of

the 1915 genocide. On the death march to Deir ez-Zor he lost the whole of the rest of his family in the genocide committed by the Young Turks.

This year (2005, ed.) it is ninety years since the genocide was committed and, to this day, Turkey has failed to acknowledge committing genocide on the Armenians, though the EU and many other European countries have recognised the fact. In his apartment, Garbis follows the news at his reading aid; he reads of how Turkey is approaching the EU in order eventually to become a member state –without even acknowledging the Turks’ part in the genocide. Garbis managed to create a good new life for himself in spite of the tragedy a trauma which nevertheless affects him profoundly, emotionally – he still has very powerful feelings about it.

Garbis has a deep secret, a secret that has made him hate dogs.  A film about the art of survival.”

And check the film list of the festival, conducted by energetic Emel Celebi, it has extraordinary quality even if funding is searched for this courageous festival.



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Tue Steen Müller
Tue Steen Müller

Müller, Tue Steen
Documentary Consultant and Critic, DENMARK

Worked with documentary films for more than 20 years at the Danish Film Board, as press officer, festival representative and film consultant/commissioner. Co-founder of Balticum Film and TV Festival, Filmkontakt Nord, Documentary of the EU and EDN (European Documentary Network).
Awards: 2004 the Danish Roos Prize for his contribution to the Danish and European documentary culture. 2006 an award for promoting Portuguese documentaries. 2014 he received the EDN Award “for an outstanding contribution to the development of the European documentary culture”. 2016 The Cross of the Knight of the Order for Merits to Lithuania. 2019 a Big Stamp at the 15th edition of ZagrebDox. 2021 receipt of the highest state decoration, Order of the Three Stars, Fourth Class, for the significant contribution to the development and promotion of Latvian documentary cinema outside Latvia. In 2022 he received an honorary award at DocsBarcelona’s 25th edition having served as organizer and programmer since the start of the festival.
From 1996 until 2005 he was the first director of EDN (European Documentary Network). From 2006 a freelance consultant and teacher in workshops like Ex Oriente, DocsBarcelona, Archidoc, Documentary Campus, Storydoc, Baltic Sea Forum, Black Sea DocStories, Caucadoc, CinéDOC Tbilisi, Docudays Kiev, Dealing With the Past Sarajevo FF as well as programme consultant for the festivals Magnificent7 in Belgrade, DOCSBarcelona, Verzio Budapest, Message2Man in St. Petersburg and DOKLeipzig. Teaches at the Zelig Documentary School in Bolzano Italy.

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