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Buka Barane| 59mins
Director: Dilek Gokcin | Producer: Murat Celikkan
Focus Years: 2014 | Country: Turkey
Subject Tags: conflict, human rights, middle east, politics, turkey, violence, war
Quality Tags: Optimistic, Slow, Activating, Harmonizing
Bûka Baranê means "the bride of the rain" in Kurdish. It is the Kurdish expression for "rainbow". The documentary begins with a photograph of primary school children taken in 1989 in the courtyard of their school in the village of Befircan or Karlı (its Turkish name), in the Yüksekova district of Hakkari province. In one corner of the photograph, it is possible to see the rainbow that comes out after every rainfall in this region. 23 years after the photograph was taken, one of the students in the photograph (İrfan) returns to the village for the wedding of another student (Aysun). Most of the other classmates in the photograph will be at the wedding with the bride Aysun, too. As İrfan sets out on his journey towards the village, we also depart on a journey starting in 1989 with the 10 people in the photograph. As part of the village’s recent history, we follow the emergency rule period and the establishment of the position of village guardianship. The village gradually becomes a frequent stop both for PKK militants and the soldiers of the Turkish army. Then begin the detentions, oppression and beatings. They are followed by more and more young people from the village leaving for the mountains to join the PKK. We begin to listen to the memoirs of the one-time students from their high school and university years. This documentary focuses on the experiences of children at a village primary school in the '90s under war conditions and the oppressive environment brought on by war and a longing for peace.

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