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Going back to his Kurdish roots
Wednesday, September 23rd, 2009

The German-Turkish director Miraz Bezar went back to his roots to make Min Dît/The Children of Diyarbakir, his first full-length film. His family moved to Germany after the 1980 military coup in Turke when he was nine years old.

It tells the story of two youngsters, Gülistan and Firat, who are orphaned and forced to survive on their own after their parents are murdered by the state security forces in front of their very eyes. Neither of them will ever forget the murderer’s face.

After making several successful shorts,Bezar went to Diyarbakir to research into the subject that he had been concerned about for a long time.“I was really interested in telling this story because it hadn’t been dealt with so much on film. I spent two years doing research and talking with people. I had the idea of staying there for a while on my own and then making the story into a film. It was a subject that you saw in the newspapers and on television, but I wanted to experience it myself. I didn’t want to write it in Berlin, but to do it over there.”

As in all wars and conflicts the children are the ones who suffer most in this story.As they have lost their parents they are forced to grow up fast and lose their innocence.“Real life is harsher there and children are tougher. The war has robbed children of their future and prostitution and drug addiction have spread even among children.”

The film has been co-produced by Fatih Akin, the famous Turkish- German director.


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