Köy, 2021, Serpil Turhan
Serpil Turhan © Salzgeber

In Person:

Serpil Turhan

May 5 and 6, 2023

How we speak to each other is always by informed by our relationship to the other person and our social ties. Serpil Turhan is a filmmaker, visiting professor at HfG Karlsruhe, and an actress (in films by Thomas Arslan and Rudolf Thome, among others) who emphasizes the conversational form as a social act that points in different directions and does not automatically imply agreement. It seems important use dialogue to produce an atmosphere that allows the articulation of things that would otherwise remain hidden or unsaid, and heighten viewers' sensitivity.
While in the early work Herr Berner und die Wolokolamsker Chaussee, a member of the Waffen-SS is more than just cinematically examined, the portrait film Rudolf Thome – Überall Blumen is carried by affectionate closeness and friendship that foregrounds not only the filmmaker Thome but also the person.
In both her thesis film Dilim Dönmüyor – Meine Zunge dreht sich nicht and her most recent documentary Köy, Turhan examines questions of identity and portrays three generations of women. In Dilim Dönmüyor – Meine Zunge dreht sich nicht, the loss of language is foregrounded and Köy focuses on Kurdish identity from a variety of socio-political backgrounds, taking a look at the restrictive political relations in Turkey and their effects on the respective biographies. (Dietmar Schwärzler / Translation: Ted Fendt)

With Serpil Turhan in attendance
In collaboration with sixpackfilm
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