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4857| 28mins
Director: Petra Holzer, Selcuk Erzurumlu & Ethem Ozguven | Producer: Petra Holzer & Ethem Ozguven
Focus Years: 2008 | Country: Turkey
Subject Tags: health, human rights, middle east, poverty, turkey
Quality Tags: Optimistic, Slow, Activating, Harmonizing
Tuzla cemetery overlooks the Tuzla shipyards. Now start walking down the cemetery slope. On your left is the military zone, green and devoid of humans. Then all of a sudden you see nothing but concrete blocks of flats. The workers leave their homes around seven in the morning to work “outside”, in the shipyards, in leather and supply industries. Among the family flats you can also find bachelor apartments filled with beds and longing for families. Keep walking down the slope: factories manufacturing small ship parts, the unceasing roar from the İçmeler Köprüsü on the E5 freeway, the never empty labor pick-up strip at the crossroads, the sound of the local express train. Walk pass the İçmeler stop, and here is Aydınlı Bay packed with almost all of Turkey’s shipyards. The workers who go through 48 different doors everyday, hundred men high cranes, steel sheets, the speed and sweat which merge them into one. The time unit in the shipyards is the fleeting instant a cigarette butt is dropped on the floor, the split second between making a living and death between hope and pain, their and ours. Tuzla cemetery overlooks Tuzla shipyards.

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