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Zer – Turkey,

Director: Kazım Öz

Writer: Kazım Öz

Cinematography by: Eyüp Boz; Feza Çaldiran; Orçun Özkilinç

Music: Mustafa Biber

Cast: Ahmet Aslan; Haleigh Ciel; Füsun Demirel; Jeffery Desalu

Producer: Kazım Öz; Turan Tokel

 

Jan, a young man who has grown up in New York, is moved by a song that grandmother sings to him on her deathbed. She tells him about a recurring nightmare that she experienced as a child in a terrible massacre. After her death, Jan travels to Kurdish coreland, searching for the truth behind the song she sang. His journey takes him deep into his own unknown heritage, revealing sad, violently hidden truths and the importance of what the grandmother has left behind. An enigmatic, lyrical and moving meditation on the scars of a troubled region with a beautiful cinematography and mystical undertones.

 

 

Kazim Öz

Kazim Öz

director

Kazim Öz, who is known as a director, scenarist, editor, cinematographer and producer of many awarded films, was born in 1973 in Dersim in Turkey. He started his career in 1992 by acting at Teatra Jiyana Nu and at the same time, he worked as a director.He worked as an actor and director at the Teatra Jiyana Nû within the Mesopotamia Culture Center in 1992. After graduating from the Faculty of Civil Engineering at Yıldız Technical University in 1998, he studied at the Department of Cinema and TV in the Faculty of Fine Arts at Marmara University and graduated in 2003.

Awards
  • HE BÛ TUNE BÛ ( Once Upon a Time)
    2014
    36. Cinema Du Reel International Documentary Film Festival Lıbrarie’s Award
    33. İstanbul Intl.Film Festival FIBRESCI Award& Special Mention Of Jury/Turkey
    25. Ankara İnternational Film Festival Special Jury Award/Turkey
  • BAHOZ (THE STORM)
    2009
    Best Young Actor (Cahit Gök), Ankara International Film Festival / Turkey
  • DEMSALA DAWİ: ŞEWAXAN (LAST SEASON OF SHAWAKS)
    2009
    58. Mannheim International Film Festival International Special Private Jury Award
    Best Documentary International Ankara Film Festival
  • DÛR (THE DISTANT)
    2004
    Best Documentary, Nürnberg Interforum Film Festivali / Germany2006
    Best Documentary, Ankara International Film Festival / Turkey
  • FOTOĞRAF (THE PHOTOGRAPH)
    2003
    Bridge Prize, Private-Look International Film Festival / Armenia
    Öngören Prize for Democrasy and Human Rights, Nürnberg Interforum Film Festivali / Germany2002
    Special Jury Award, Valencia Cinema Jove / Spain
    Special Jury Award, Arıburnu Cinema Awards / Turkey
    Best Feature-Length Film, Trieste International Film Festival / Italy2001
    Best Feature-Length Film, Milano International Film Festival / Italy
  • AX (THE LAND)
    2001
    Best Short Film, Tebessa Internation film festival / Algeria2000
    Best Short Film, M. Orhon Ariburnu Ödülleri / Turkey
    Best Short Film, Modena Uluslararası İnsan Hakları Film Festivali / Italy
    Special Jury Award, Huesca Uluaslararası Film Festivali /Spain1999
    François O’de Awards, Hamburg Uluslararası Kısa Film Festivali / Germany
    Best Short Film, – Cortometraggio 99, Milano Uluslararası Film Festivali / Italy