Turkish filmmaker Gürcan Keltek joins us to present two short films never before screened in the UK. Blending documentary and experimental fiction, Gulyabani tells the harrowing story of Fethiye Silent, a famous clairvoyant from İzmir, Turkey. Through her diary entries and letters to her estranged son, the film relays her survival from abuse, kidnapping and torture. Its powerful and lyrical montage makes Turkey’s violent history difficult to forget. Overtime [Fazlamesai] unfolds as brief but intimate glimpses into the lives of marginalised young Muslim workers in Istanbul. Images of labourers appear amidst the film’s black and white grain, telling us about their lives, struggles and hopes. Fazlamesai explores how memory and identity are shaped by specific geographical environments in restless images that are, like its characters, continually on the move.
Introduction by the artist
Gulyabani, Turkey 2018, DCP, colour and black and white, sound, 34 min, Turkish with English subtitles
Overtime [Fazlamesai], Turkey 2012, DCP, black and white, sound, 20 min, Turkish and Kurdish with English subtitles
Discussion and Q&A with the artist and Tate Film curators
Gürcan Keltek (b.1973, Turkey) is a filmmaker whose work explores the meeting point of documentary and experimental fiction in telling stories of conflict, struggle and marginalisation in Turkish history. His first feature film Meteors [Meteorlar] was awarded the Swatch Art Peace Hotel First Feature Film Award and Cinelab Award at the 2017 Locarno Internal Film Festival where it had its world premiere.