In her debut feature My Father, the Revolution and Me, which oscillates between first-person documentary, fiction and animation, Ufuk Emiroğlu goes on a journey through her family’s past before ending up at her dreams for the future. As a thirty-two year old woman who grew up in Switzerland, she travels back to Turkey to explore her father’s political history, one which led them to flee the country at the brink of the 1980 coup d’état. Emiroğlu’s film attempts to come to terms with her relationship with her father and explore the impact on her own biography, opening up a variety of themes such as subjectivity, the politics of gender, belonging and exile, and takes us through the intertwining of the personal with the political.(SA)
Özgür Çiçek is a film scholar and researcher based in Berlin. She is a postdoctoral researcher at Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz. She received her PhD. in Philosophy, Interpretation, and Culture from Binghamton University. Her research interests include national/transnational cinemas, minor cinemas, migrant cinemas, memory studies, and documentary. WEBSITE
Senem Aytaç is a film critic and curator. She has been a core member of the independent Turkish film magazine Altyazı from 2004. In 2019, she co-founded Altyazı Cinema Association, which focuses on censorship and freedom of artistic expression in Turkey. She is now based in Berlin in collaboration with the Artist Residency Program “Hier & Jetzt: Connections”.