Coup documentaries dominate Ankara fest

March 17, 2010, Wednesday/ 15:42:00/ TODAY'S ZAMAN
Filmmaker Çayan Demirel’s big screen account of the incidents that occurred during the years immediately following the coup d’état of Sept. 12, 1980 in Diyarbakır Prison was named the winner of the best documentary prize at this year’s Ankara International Film Festival, organizers announced on Monday.Titled “Prison Nr. 5: 1980-1984,” Demirel’s 97-minute film exposes the systematic torture committed in the prison, which became particularly notorious between 1980 and 1984, through interviews with former inmates.

The festival’s documentary jury gave second prize to “Eylül Çocukları” (The Children of September), another account of the 1980 military coup, this time from the eyes of five children, co-directed by Meltem Öztürk and Hülya Karcı, while “Demsala Dawî: Şewaxan” (The Last Season: Shawaks), a panoramic journey of a nomadic community in eastern Turkey, directed by Kazım Öz, was awarded third place.

Winners will receive their awards at the festival’s closing gala on Sunday at the Presidential Symphony Orchestra (CSO) Concert Hall.

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