Brother’s Keeper

A film by Ferit Karahan. In Turkish and Kurdish with German subtitles.

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Strict rules pre­vail at a remo­te boar­ding school in the moun­ta­ins of Anatolia whe­re Turkish tea­chers edu­ca­te gifted Kurdish pupils from the sur­roun­ding area. Once a week, the boys are allo­wed to show­er and, like ever­y­thing else here, this pro­cess is moni­to­red. One night, twel­ve-year-old Memo asks his fri­end Yusuf if he can sleep in his bed. But, afraid of gos­sip, Yusuf refu­ses. The next mor­ning, Memo is sick and can­not attend class. The school’s hea­ting has bro­ken down and an icy winter’s day takes its cour­se. Memo’s con­di­ti­on wor­sens. He is no lon­ger respon­si­ve and Yusuf is only allo­wed to talk when prompt­ed. Gradually, the events of the pre­vious night are reve­a­led.
Ferit Karahan’s fine­ly spun dra­ma illu­mi­na­tes a micro­c­osm mark­ed by pover­ty and fear. Surrounded by snow and frost, the emo­tio­nal cold­ness which pre­vails bet­ween tea­chers and pupils in this aut­ho­ri­ta­ri­an edu­ca­tio­nal insti­tu­ti­on beco­me almost phy­si­cal­ly tangible.


Okul Tıraşı
TR 2021, 85 Min., Türk., kurd. OmU
Regie: Ferit Karahan
Kamera: Türksoy Gölebeyi
Schnitt: Sercan Sezgin, Hayedeh Safiyari, Ferit Karahan
mit: Samet Yıldız, Ekin Koç, Mahir İpek, Melih Selçuk, Cansu Fırıncı, Nurullah Alaca

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