Gavur Mahallesi (Giaour Neighbourhood)| 1hr : 34mins
Director: Yusuf Kenan Beysulen | Producer: Gulsen Gulgun Bilican
Focus Years: 2015 | Country: Turkey
Multiculturalism, Uprooting, Migration and the Life of the Othersâ€¦
About the documentary:
This is the story of the ones, who were vanished; forced to go away; stayed; arrived.
The story is about a city that was deserted and crowded at the same timeâ€¦
The documentary â€œGiaour Neighbourhood / Gavur Mahallesiâ€, which will be produced by KarÅŸÄ± Film and directed by Yusuf Kenan BeysÃ¼len, is about a city, DiyarbakÄ±r that once upon a time was a site of ethnic, religious and cultural diversity but then, after 1915, lost its diversity through exiles, deaths and migration. It is also about MÄ±gÄ±rdiÃ§ Margosyan, who forged iron with his hammer in this city till 1953 as an apprentice blacksmith and then, as Master Margos from DiyarbakÄ±r, presented old and new DiyarbakÄ±r to Armenian, Turkish and world literature with his pen, using his poetic language.
This documentary tells a story about multiculturalism, uprooting and migration in the triangle formed by Istanbul, DiyarbakÄ±r and Heredan, which is a distant village of DiyarbakÄ±r.
This is the story of Hasirli Neighbourhood in the walls of DiyarbakÄ±r-SUR, which is known as Hancepek previously and also known as â€œGiaour / Gavurâ€ between the folk since it was inhabited mostly by Christians. The story is inspired from MÄ±gÄ±rdiÃ§ Margosyanâ€™s book of the same name, â€œGiaour Neighbourhood / Gavur Mahallesiâ€. With the participation of MÄ±gÄ±rdiÃ§ Margosyan, his testimonies and animations and illustrations, it is aimed to depict the social and cultural structure of DiyarbakÄ±r and its religious and ethnic diversity as well as the fact of â€œbeing the otherâ€, especially in DiyarbakÄ±r, and in general in Turkey.