Directed by Ercan Kesal (2018, 43 min.). Digital. In Turkish with English subtitles.
Inspired by an academic thesis, the documentary depicts the struggle of a small community against capitalism. This is the story of Çiçekpınar, a village in the Akçakoca district of Düzce province that undergoes a social and economic transformation from the 1930s to the 2000s. A miniature transition story from pre-capitalism to capitalism, Gone with the Hazelnuts is a dramatic micro-level example of our lives transforming from “economy for human’s sake” to “human lives for economy’s sake.”
Followed by a discussion with director Ercan Kesal.
Preceded by: Yellow Heat (Sarı Sıcak)
Directed by Fikret Reyhan (2017, 85 min.). Digital. In Turkish with English subtitles.
In a field surrounded and squeezed by encroaching industrialization, an immigrant family, deep in financial debt, struggles to survive through traditional farming. Their son Ibrahim, determined to find his own way, dreams of a different future for himself. Ibrahim is surrounded not only by his family’s feudal circumstances, but also by the merciless system of the region. However, he finds that it is not so easy to turn a dream into reality, and his actions have many unexpected consequences for both himself and for his family. Yellow Heat aims to tell the story of people who are affected by inexorable economic forces.