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The Children of Diyarbakır/Before Your Eyes (2009)
Min Dît (original title)
Fiction, 102 min
Production countries   Turkey,Germany
Languages   Turkish,Kurdish
Director   Miraz Bezar
Scriptwriter   Miraz Bezar
Producer   Miraz Bezar
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Ten-year-old Gulistan and her younger brother Firat live happily with their parents in Diyarbakir, the heart of Turkish Kurdistan. Tragedy strikes when their mother and father, a political journalist, are shot down by paramilitary gunmen before their very eyes on a deserted road one night. Traumatized and orphaned, Gulistan, Firat and their infant sister remain at home in the care of their young Aunt Yekbun. She is trying to arrange passage and flights for her and the children to settle in Sweden. Before she is able to complete the process, politically active Yekbun disappears without a trace. Gulistan and Firat patiently await the return of their Aunt Yekbun. They continue their daily life and try as best they can to care for their baby sister. But as days turn into weeks, the money that their aunt has left them runs out. Forced to live without water and electricity, the children must sell furniture and appliances for food and medicine. Eventually there is nothing left to sell to pay the rent. Alone on the streets of Diyarbakir, Gulistan and Firat scounge for food and a place to sleep. They meet tough 12-year-old Zelal and her blind grandfather, also homeless, who squat amid the ruins of the old Armenian church. Zelal coaches Gulistan and Firat on street survival, as they discover that there are numerous other children in Diyarbakir who share similar fates. Gulistan strikes up a friendship with part-time escort Dilara, whom she accompanies on hotel calls, serving as a cover to help the young woman avoid trouble. One day, Gulistan is shocked to recognize one of Dilara’s clients as the muderer of her parents. There is no mistaking the loving family man is the cold-blooded killer. Feelings of fear and vengeance confuse the traumatized Gulistan and Firat. But they cannot remain silent. Remembering their mother’s folk tales, Gulistan devises a non-violent way for the children of Diyarbakir to be revenged...
Technical Specifications Image / Sound
Color / Black & White   Color
Sound format   Dolby Digital
Aspect ratio   2.35:1
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