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ON THE OUTSKIRTS

by Aysun Bademsoy

synopsis

Numerous settlements have grown in recent years on the outskirts of Mersin, a city on Turkey’s southern coast. Their structure and appearance is unusual for Turkey: large residential blocks in a circle around a kind of park, with big swimming pools, meeting places, restaurants, and bars in the middle. The apartment balconies all face this artificially constructed center; the residents have turned their backs on the outside.Many of the residents here are “Deutschländer” – Turks who lived for many years in Germany, saving their money to enjoy life this way now. But they have not really returned to Turkey. Too much has come between them and their old homeland. So the returnees sit on their balconies, beside the pool, or in the restaurant in the evening – and remain among themselves.

international title: On the Outskirts
original title: Am Rand des Städte
country: Germany
year: 2006
genre: fiction
directed by: Aysun Bademsoy
film run: 83'
screenplay: Aysun Bademsoy
cast: Miray Özdemir, Deniz Özdemir, Sakire Com, Fikret Cember, Vesile Cember
cinematography by: Sophie Maintigneux
film editing: Clemens Seiz
producer: Harun Farocki
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