left side stories

Social Criticism in German-Turkish Migration Film

27.10. – 08.12.2016, bi’bak, Berlin

The labour-migration to Germany has been discussed several times in the Turkish and German-Turkish films and was not only an inspiration for many films in the ‘golden’ Yeşilçam era, but was also an important subject for the German directors with or without Turkish origin. The film program Left Side Stories: Social Criticism in the German-Turkish Migration Cinema deals with the Turkish and German-Turkish films, which focus on the phenomenon of labor migration to Germany and the lives of the so-called “guest workers” rather from a societal-critical perspective and deal with labour law issues as well as social justice, class consciousness, women’s emancipation and the living conditions of the guest workers’ children. It is also discussed how, despite the negotiation of German-Turkish migration in the films, the political sphere of the 1970s in Turkey decisively influenced the films and their directors.

In this program we also have the honour to celebrate the German premiere of the feature film Kara Kafa (Blackhead) by Korhan Yurtsever from 1979, which has been shot in Germany. Kara Kafa has been labeled as forbidden by the Turkish censorship committee directly after its publication with the argument that the film would insult “the honour of Germany, the befriended nation”. The film was shown in Germany for the first time and for this occasion we invited the director from Turkey for a Q&A.

More infos about the film program are here.

With kind support of Landesstelle für Entwicklungszusammenarbeit des Landes Berlin (LEZ)

Kara Kafa (Korhan Yurtsever, 1979)