Altın Koza opens door to ‘Desert of the Real’

Altın Koza opens door  to ‘Desert of the Real’

A scene from the documentary “Ecumenopolis: City Without Limits,” to be shown at the Altın Koza festival.

September 08, 2011, Thursday/ 16:18:00/ TODAY'S ZAMAN WITH WIRES

As the clock ticks down to the 18th Altın Koza (Golden Boll) International Film Festival, the organizers have revealed that a selection of the most critically acclaimed recent documentaries are to be included in the program under the section “Gerçeğin Çölü” (The Desert of the Real).

Acquiring its name from Slovenian philosopher Slavoj Zizek’s book “Welcome to the Desert of the Real,” a Marxist analysis of the ideological and political responses to the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, the title of which was in turn inspired by a quote delivered by the character Morpheus in the 1999 film “The Matrix,” the section was organized by Turkish documentary filmmaker Necati Sönmez, the Anatolia news agency reported Wednesday.

Documentaries to be screened include Alexandru Solomon’s “Kapitalism: Our Improved Formula,” Zeina Daccache’s “12 Angry Lebanese,” Patricio Guzman’s “Nostalgia For The Light,” Werner Herzog’s “Cave of Forgotten Dreams,” Mika Kaurismaki’s “Mama Africa,” Jairo Eduardo Carrillo’s “Little Voices,” Roy Sher’s “My Sweet Canary” and Claus Wischmann and Martin Baer’s “Kinshasa Symphony,” along with two of the most successful recent Turkish documentaries -- “Anadolu’nun Son Göçerleri: Sarıkeçililer” (Last Nomads in Anatolia: Sarıkeçililer) and “Ekümenopolis: Ucu Olmayan Şehir” (Ecumenopolis: City Without Limits).

Adana Deputy Mayor Zihni Aldırmaz said the festival’s main focus is to produce a satisfying program that is rich in content. “The documentaries we are including this year are not the kind of titles that can be found easily,” he added. The 18th Altın Koza festival will run between Sept. 17-25 in Adana. Further information is available online at

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