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by Ayse Polat


The Kurdish province Van is famous for its unique cats, which are the cultural symbol of the Kurds, Turks, and the Armenians. Van was the historical home of the Armenians until 1915–the year of their deportation and murder. Nowadays, all that remains are the ruins of churches and a small number of inhabitants with Armenian roots, though most of them are scared to admit it. 34-year-old Ali speaks openly about his Armenian grandmother Piroze, whose last will and testament was not recognized by the Imams. His uncle talks of ‘the others´ when he refers to his own mother, despite carrying her passport photo wherever he goes. The film tracks down the traces of the cruel history and shows that, as stated by Faulkner, ‘the past is never dead, it is not even past.

international title: The Others
original title: Ötekiler
country: Germany, Turkey
year: 2017
genre: documentary
directed by: Ayse Polat
film run: 65'
screenplay: Ayse Polat
cinematography by: Meryem Yavuz
film editing: Eyüp Zana Ekinci
producer: Mehmet Aktas
co-producer: Ayse Polat
production: PunktPunktPunkt Filmproduktion
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