The Fish (Mesut) by Hakan Hücum (2012, 10 min.). Şefik and his wife Nalan have lived by the same daily routine for 20 years. Routine fights end with Nalan walking out, going to stay at her mother’s house, and Şefik going to his mother-in-law’s to relcaim his wife; this happens again and again. After one of these fights, Şefik brings home fish and rakı (traditional Turkish alcoholic beverage) for dinner as a surprise. Unfortunately, Nalan doesn’t like fish. After another enormous fight Nalan leaves the house, as per usual. Şefik, deciding to cook the fish, opens the bag—a move that marks the starting point for changing the ritualized nature of his life.
Refika by Özge Deniz Özker (2012, 11 min.). The documentary film Refika is a journey along both sides of North Aegean in search of a woman named Refika. Özker cameacross her photograph in Adatepe, the old Greek village in Turkey where the Turks and Greeks lived together before the population exchange of 1921-1922; after hearing various versions of Refika’s story and her alleged lover Nazmi, he decides to discover the truth and chronicle it. Who is the woman in the photograph? Who is Refika? Which version of her story is real? Who writes history?
Shoes (Ayakkabi) by Alihan Sakman (2012, 6 min.). While on his ordinary commute to work, a journalist’s encounter with a young man starts a chain reaction of extraordinary events in his life.
Can’t Live Without You (Sensiz Yaşanmaz) by Bertan Başaran (2012, 64 min.). In this documentary, Turkish music’s diversity and eclectic structure is analyzed through clarinet master Barbaros Erköse’s life and renowned musical identity. A collaborator with numerous Turkishclassical musicians, Erköse notonly uses his clarinet as a tool for entertainment but also as a means of self-expression. This combination of skillful performance and heightened self-awareness led to his world wide recognition, his cooperation with many musicians in various countries, and his introduction to the western music scene. Yet, unfortunately, Turkey does not affordErköse’s geniusthe attention and appreciation that it deserves.