Monday, October 11, 2010

Documentary on being journalist in Kurdistan

11 October 2010

Film tells difficult life of journalists in Kurdistan

The book “Mesopotamian Cavalry” by journalist-writer Ekrem Sunar, which consists of the journalists’ memories in clash atmospheres in Kurdish cities, has been filmed. Director Sami Solmaz has completed his documentary shooting which tells the memories of journalists coming to the region from west and the experiences of journalists who have been living in the region for 20 years.

Director Sami Yılmaz shot a documentary film based on his book “Mesopotamian Cavalry”, which gathers his talks with journalists that work in western part and come to the region at clash times.

Still being shot in İstanbul, Diyarbakır and Hakkari; the documentary film will be released in İstanbul and Diyarbakır cinemas when it is in the can.

Speaking to ANF about his documentary film, Director Sami Solmaz said that he constantly came to the region and followed the experiences of the journalists closely. Solmaz records that when he read the book “Mesopotamian Cavalry” by Ekrem Sunar, he decided to shoot a documentary of it, adding; “I started to visit the region cities often after 1994-95’s. I wanted to show the happenings in the region from the perspective of the journalists.”

Solmaz remarked that he aims to shoot a short film or documentary and take part in competitions and festivals, saying that the documentary means making a note in the history.

The documentary film by Director Sami Solmaz will come to the big screen in İstanbul and Diyarbakır in the next months after the completion of technical difficulties.

Translation: Berna Ozgencil