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.