Flying Broom festival to turn spotlight on ‘ignored identities’

April 10, 2010, Saturday/ 16:12:00/ TODAY'S ZAMAN
Ankara’s annual Uçan Süpürge (Flying Broom) International Women’s Film Festival is introducing a new program dedicated to “ignored identities” in its upcoming edition, scheduled for early next month in the Turkish capital.Titled “Öteki Tarih” (The Other History), the new program will focus on “identities that have been subjected to ‘evil’ by being deliberately alienated and ignored,” the festival’s organizers announced in a written statement on Thursday.

The main theme for this year’s festival is “evil,” an ironically fitting theme for the event’s 13th edition, slated to run from May 6 to 13. Through that theme the festival will make a cinematic exploration of “evil tags ascribed to women,” such as witch, lesbian, prostitute, home wrecker and so on, for their conduct or lifestyles, while they try to survive violence, poverty, wars, immigration, economic crises and exploitation all around the world. Through its selection of 100 films by women directors from 28 countries, this year’s festival will highlight the cinematic depiction of “evil woman,” or “femme fatale.”

Turkish directors Nezahat Gündoğan’s “İki Tutam Saç -- Dersim’in Kayıp Kızları” (Two Locks of Hair: The Lost Girls of Dersim, 2010), Berke Baş’s “Nahide’nin Türküsü” (Nahide’s Song, 2009) and Filiz Işık Bulut’s “Deng” (2009) are among the titles to be featured in The Other History program. The films in this section will be shown in free screenings at the Ankara Goethe Institut.

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