Close up Kurdistan
In Close up Kurdistan, documentary maker Yüksel Yavuz provides a personal account of the Turkey-Kurdistan conflict. Yavuz seeks out old friends and activists in Europe, Turkey
and Northern Iraq. He shows how the lack of willingness to compromise from both the Turkish side and the Kurdish side ultimately leads to an inconceivable war.
In the documentary Yüksel Yavuz (Karakocan, Turkey, 1964) draws a parallel between his own experience as an immigrant in Germany and the present state of affairs in the
Turkish-Kurdish conflict. He embarks on a personal journey from Hamburg to the north of Iraq, via Stockholm and Turkey. He meets his parents and old friends on the way. In some
cases, these old friends have become guerrillas, fighting in the mountains against old acquaintances, who - because of conscription laws - have become a part of the Turkish
army. Others have fled the country. Yet others remain in their villages where, due to their dedication to their own culture, they have become the victims of hard repression. Yavuz
also interviews Ismail Besikçi, an intellectual who served an eighteen-year prison sentence because of his research into Kurdish culture, and Abdulkadir Algan, who led the fight
against the Kurdish resistance. The film is an attempt to bring Turks and Kurds closer together. Yavuz shows how the lack of willingness to compromise on both sides ultimately leads
to an inconceivable war. As a result, the social and cultural diversity of Turkey, according to Yavuz, is the most significant victim of this war.
- Yüksel Yavuz
- 104 minutes
- crimes against humanity, war crimes, genocide, cultural rights & traditions, human rights defenders & organizations (Activist)