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Before your eyes
Akin, Fatih, 1973-
Publication Information:
[New York] : Film Movement, [2011]

Physical Description:
1 videodisc (102 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Ten-year-old Gulistan and her brother Firat live in the heart of Turkish Kurdistan. Tragedy strikes when their parents are shot down by paramilitary gunmen before their very eyes. Traumatized and orphaned, Gulistan and Firat try to care for their infant sister, but their money soon runs out and they re forced onto the street. It is there that Gulistan meets the part-time escort Dilara. Accompanying her on a hotel call one day, Gulistan is shocked to recognize Dilara s client as the murderer of her parents, and she devises a method of revenge.
General Note:
"Film Movement and the Match Factory present a Bezar Film production in co-production with Corazón International"--container.

Originally released as a motion picture in 2009.

Special features include theatrical trailers and This month's short film: It's my turn (10 min.) directed by Ismet Ergün.
Reading Level:
Not rated.
Added Title:
It's my turn.
Format :


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DVD 46978 Adult DVD Foreign Language
DVD 46978 Adult DVD Media Room-Foreign Language Video
DVD 46978 Adult DVD Foreign Language

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The political turmoil of life in Kurdish Turkey is reflected in this drama of kids caught in the crossfire. Gulistan (Senay Orak) and Firat (Muhammed Al) are two children living in the Turkish city of Diyarbakir with their parents and their baby brother. Gulistan and Firat are living an ordinary and contented life until the family is ambushed by three men who kill their father, a reporter, as well as their mother. With their parents dead, Gulistan and Firat's aunt Yekbun (Berivan Eminoglu) steps forward to help the children, but her background as a Kurdish activist attracts the attention of the police, and when she tries to arrange for them to travel to Sweden to be with their grandfather, she's captured by military authorities. Left to fend for themselves, Gulistan and Firat begin selling their parents' belongings to support themselves, but when they get behind on the rent and can't pay for the baby's medicine, they're left homeless. The children are befriended by Zelal (Suzan Ilir), a streetwise kid who has learned survival the hard way, and Dilara (Berivan Ayaz), a streetwalker with a soft spot for children, but Gulistan and Firat's precarious circumstances become all the more dangerous when they cross paths with one of the men who killed their parents. Min Dit (aka The Children of Diyarbakir) was the first feature film from filmmaker Miraz Bezar; it received its North American premiere at the 2010 Seattle International Film Festival. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi