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Dil Leyla

GER 2016, 71 min, Asli Özarslan

At 26, a young Kurdish-German woman is elected the youngest mayor in Turkey. In a record 81% landslide she is elected mayor of Cizre, a Kurdish capital city that lies in the war-torn region at Turkey’s border with Syria and Iraq.

It is here that Leyla was born, but after her father was killed by the Turkish military, she was sent at the age of 5 to live in Germany. After more than 20 years, she returns home. Her goal is to heal and beautify the civil-war-torn city, which is enjoying a break in the violence. But on the eve of Turkey’s parliamentary elections, everything changes, and old memories become more real than ever.

festivals

IDFA – International Documentary FF Amsterdam 2016 NL | Max Ophüls FF Saarbrücken 2017 DE | Thessaloniki Documentary FF 2017 GR | One World FF Prague 2017 CZ | Movies that Matter FF Den Haag 2017 NL | Achtung Berlin - new Berlin film award 2017 DE | Crossing Europe FF 2017 AT | Sehsüchte Int. FF 2017 DE | DOK.fest Munich 2017 DE | FIDADOC 2017, MA  | dokKa Film Festival 2017, DE | Krakow Film Festival 2017, PL | Toleranzgespräche 2017, AT | Int. Doc. & Short FF Kerala 2017, IN | Ischia FF 2017, IT | DUHOK Int. Film Festival 2017, IQ, | Nuremberg Int. Human Rights FF 2017, DE | Arabisches FF Thübingen 2017, DE | Document Int. Human Rights FF 2017, UK | Escales Documentaire 2017, FR | Elle Tournent FF 2018, BE | Jetzt oder Nie - Filmtage Friedrichshafen 2018, DE | Copenhagen Kurdish FF 2018, DK | One World Romania Int. Human Rights Documentary FF 2018, RO | Lisbon Kurdish FF 2018, PT | London Kurdish FF 2018, UK | Festival international du film de Nancy 2018, FR | Films Femmes Méditerranée 2018, FR | Globale Film Festival Berlin 2018, DE

awards

Human Rights Award (Fidadoc FF 2017), Nominated for the First Step Award 2017, Open Eyes Youth Jury Award (Nuremberg Int. Human Rights FF 2017), Special Jury Mention (Festival International du Film de Nancy 2018), Prix du Documentaire (Films Femmes Méditerranée 2018)
 

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Presskit

NEWS

KINDER UNTER DECK

ab 10. Mai in den österr. Kinos

Filmhaus, Wien
KIZ RoyalKino, Graz

DAS ERSTE JAHRHUNDERT DES WALTER ARLEN

in den österr. Kinos

Programmkino Wels

ab Mai
Das Kino, Salzburg

8./9.5.
Filmbühne Waidhofen/Ybbs

MEIN STOTTERN

in Deutschland im Kino

26.4.
Scharfrichter Kino, Passau

DIE EINSIEDLER

in den österr. Kinos

8./9.5.
Altes Kino Landeck

BRUDER JAKOB, SCHLÄFST DU NOCH?

in Österreich im Kino

26.5.
Alte Gerberei, St. Johann

NOW AVAILABLE ONLINE:

Bruder Jakob, schläfst du noch?,
Zerschlag mein Herz,
Mein Stottern,
Namrud (Troublemaker),
Die Einsiedler,
Guardians of the Earth,
Kinders

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FESTIVALS

DER STEIN ZUM LEBEN

won the Ecumenical Award
at Achtung Berlin Film Festival!

EISENBERGER - Art must be beautiful, as the frog says to the fly

will be screened at

Dokfilm Festival, Norway 2019
2:00 pm, 27th April

Docs Against Gravity FF, Poland 2019
10th-19th May

DOK.fest Munich, Germany 2019
4.00 pm, 11th May
4.00 pm, 19th May

WALTER ARLEN'S FIRST CENTURY

will be screened at

Dokfilm Festival, Norway 2019
10.00 am, 27th April

Los Angeles Jewish FF, USA 2019
7.30 pm, 8th May

ASHORE

won Best Documentary Award
at Festival de Malaga!

will be screened at

Crossing Europe Film Festival, Austria 2019
4.30 pm, 28th April
6.30 pm, 30th April

Jeonju Int. Film Festival, South Korea 2019
1.30 pm, 6th May
5.30 pm, 7th May
5.00 pm, 11th May

UNA PRIMAVERA

will be screened at

Crossing Europe Film Festival, Austria 2019
8.15 pm, 29th April

Hot Docs Int. Documentary Festival, Canada 2019
9.00 pm, 29th April
4.00 pm, 1st May
12.45 pm, 4th May

CinéDOC-Tbilisi, Georgia 2019
8th - 13th May

Docs Against Gravity FF, Poland 2019
10th-19th May

DOK.fest Munich, Germany 2019
6.00 pm, 13th May
7.00 pm, 17th May

ARE YOU SLEEPING, BROTHER JAKOB?

won Audience Award at
Moscow Int. Documentary Film Festival!

will be screened at

Trento Film Festival, Italy 2019
7.00 pm, 29th April
3.15 pm, 2nd May

CHILDREN BELOW DECK

will be screened at

Central European University, HU 2019
5.30 pm, 7th May

KINDERS

will be screened at

Ciranda de Filmes, Brazil 2019
23rd-26th May

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