Katırlar doğurunca

Katırlar doğurunca
- when the mules will give birth -


Written, directed, orchestrated and edited by Michelangelo Severgnini.
Original music performed by the most interesting Istanbul underground musicians. Special guests the "Sulukule Roman Orkestrası" and the kurdish band Bajar.
Expected length: 75 minutes.
Original language: mostly Turkish, but also English, Kurdish, Italian, Arabic, Romanes, Tigrinya.
<<What keeps the utopia alive despite reality has killed every dream? Deep in the heart of 6 ordinary people 6 extraordinary answers.
Six parallel stories wander the streets of Istanbul waiting for the day when the mules will give birth>>...
After he had left behind his homecountry, Italy, the director has found asylum in Istanbul on the run from the waves of the Civilization of Regress. He found on the shores of the Bosphorus his wonderland, intertwining his own path and his own camera with the stories of locals or people passing through, apostles of a living gospel of chaos, actors in a modern surrealism, saboteurs of principles and dogmas but refusing provocatively to indicate any new one, lovers of absolute rebellion and imagination. The criticism of every revolution as a prelude to new forms of oppression turns into love for their land, a Mediterranean already been converted by the empire into a shortcut to reach India, and now place lost in the dramatic search for its identity.
With the typical language of a meta-film we come across Valerio, an Italian who is betrayed by a Turkish woman and from Istanbul leaves to the eastern part of deep Turkey after the footsteps of the journey that Catullus made 2000 years before in the then Asia Minor.
Sidar, a Kurdish boy who writes letters to his friend in jail dreaming of joining the guerrillas, but ultimately can not go and get the last letter of him, this time no more in prison but on the mountains to fight.
Hüsna, a young girl who wants to embrace all struggles against injustice in the world but is forced to fight a more close-up one, that which prevents her from wearing the headscarf in the university, with sarcasm and severity of the guards of the campus.
Coşkun, a boy of Sulukule, an old "roma" neighborhood under demolition in the center of the city in order to accommodate the building renewal, who dreams of flying with a kite and escape reality but also of looking down rubbles and human greed.
Shobolay, a young Eritrean refugee pending documents that one day, tired of waiting, decides himself to leave towards the border with Greece to entry, clandestinely, into Europe.
But throughout the film is especially the voice of Parrhesiastes, an unrepentant Armenian radio speaker, who overlooks the reality on the wings of a timeless music and tells it through unexpected and outdate paths, affirming a new surrealist manifesto.

Vartkes Keşiş is Parrhesiastes.
Parrhesiastes, "the one who speaks fearlessly".
An unrepentant speaker from the frequency of a radio station, a kind of "collective consciousness", the program of one eccentric visionary veteran of many lost battles in life, determined not to lose the most important one: that for the freedom of thought and for the freedom of speech.
Fabrizio De Angeli is Valerio.
Valerio was lost and abandoned.
A young Italian arrives in Istanbul following a turkish love. But once arrived on the Bosporus the board changes. The girl vanishes. Suddenly, Valerio feels to be on the trail of a lost identity that doesn't show itself. Only many months later he takes a journey by land to the far east of Turkey. On the road he realizes to be reliving the journey of Catullus, Latin poet, made 2000 years before in then Asia Minor.
S. B. is Sidar.
Sidar's friend was in prison.
Sidar leaves to Diyarbakir, for the Newroz, the Kurdish feast. Grown up in Istanbul, he does not speak Kurdish, but the political activism and cultural pride are the coordinates of his life. Uppermost in the thoughts of Sidar is Emre, his dear friend in prison for political activities, with whom they write to each other. Finally comes the day to inform the family of the decision to move on the mountains and join the Kurdish guerrillas. But their reaction will add to the torments of Sidar. Until a letter arrives: it's Emre, he is no longer in prison, he is already on the mountains.
Coşkun Pündük is Coşkun.
Coşkun and his friends were learning to fly.
The summer is coming, the school is over. But this year's open air games playground of Coşkun and his young fellows, is not the beautiful gypsy quarter of Sulukule with its small and colorful houses, but an endless pile of rubble, the result of the plan for urban renewal. But even this does not stop Coşkun and others who have learned to make kites this year. Flying is the unacknowledged dream of all of them. Flying, you can escape reality. Or you can look down and see a neighborhood destroyed in the middle of the city.
Enise Şeyda Kapusuz is Hüsna.
Hüsna was fighting for justice.
With the start of the university has begun a nightmare for Hüsna. Turkish law does not permit the wearing of the headscarf in the campus. Fortunately, someone is tolerant, but it is always a struggle. But Hüsna feels that continuing to be in Istanbul itself is a form of resistance, and is part of a larger struggle in a world of injustice, a world where she is starting to step in.
Ahmed Shobolay is Shobolay.
Shobolay was watching the trains.
The documents for the request for asylum should not seem to arrive. Yet Shobolay, a young Eritrean happened in Istanbul on the way to Europe, had long cherished the hope. But now almost 2 years have past. The scent of Europe already is in the air, the greek border is only a few hundred kilometers far. Like many African migrants in Istanbul, can not wait any longer. He takes a train to reach the border. There is a river to be overcome, only a small river. The rift between madness and wisdom, between north and south, but also east and west, misery and luck is all there.


A few snapshots from the movie:
With the friendly participation of Özay Fecht.
Aygül Gül.
Aaron Omar Tarhan.
Yusuf Kohen.

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