Kurdish Lover # 53

Kurdish Lover

19:00, Saturday 15th June, CMB 1&2

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  • Director/Anthropologist: Clarisse Hahn
  • Year of Release: 2013
  • Duration: 98 mins
  • Country of Production: France
  • Location: France
  • Language: French, English, German, Turkish


The Kurdish lover is Oktay, a man of Kurdish origin, with whom I share my life.  We have been drifting through a devastated region brought to a standstill by war and economic misery. How to people to co-exist in this place?

The protagonists live in close proximity to one another, in a tightly woven network of geographical and social ties. Loving someone can become confused with having a hold over them. It is often with black humour that the characters featured in this film find ways within their community to affirm that they truly exist.  A shaman goes into trance in front of the television, a sex-starved hermit dreams of marriage. A ewe is sacrificed and eaten, an old woman prevents her daughter-in-law from learning to read, a shepherdess lives at the top of the mountain and would like to return to the valley, the military watch over the village, a man who came from Europe goes off to request the hand in marriage of a young girl living with her mother.

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