Path of Tears by Engin Türkyılmaz (Turkey, 2016, 30 min.). Documentary.

This documentary takes a hard look at efforts to pillage natural resources in the Black Sea region of Turkey. How do hydroelectric power plants, the Black Sea Coastal Highway, mining pits, Cerattepe, and the Green Road affect the local people, culture, ecology, human, nature, and life?

The Children of Rafet by Mümin Barış and Reşit Ballıkaya (Turkey, 2016, 60 min.). Documentary.

1980: After traveling to Berlin for a meeting, Rafet is unable to return to Turkey because of a military coup unfolding there. His stay in Germany lasts for 25 years. During that period, Rafet educates four young immigrant children, now in their 30s, about philosophy, psychology, politics, and arts: Oktay, an aggressive cook and philosopher; Adem, a stubborn fast food worker; Rıza, a cold soul who has tried to be a taxi driver for the last 10 years; and Kalender, a good father, though depressed, who works cleaning toilets. Their lives intersect through their commitments to Rafet: a father, an idol, an übermensch, and an ornery old man. The film aims to document the lives of those characters, each unique, focusing on key themes of immigration, loneliness, cultural differences, family life, and longing for home.


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