DOK LEIPZIG 31 OCTOBER – 6 NOVEMBER 2016
59TH INTERNATIONAL LEIPZIG FESTIVAL FOR DOCUMENTARY AND ANIMATED FILM
DOK Leipzig Film Festival

Bağlar


Bağlar




CATALOGUE TEXT
For the city of Diyarbakır, usually featured in the news in the context of army operations, explosions, airstrikes, curfews and funerals, the focus on a local basketball team is a rarity. In Bağlar, a district of Diyarbakır, Berke Baş and Melis Birder follow the young players of the local basketball team and their dedicated coach Gökhan Yıldırım over the course of three years, capturing intimate moments of victory, frustration, fear, anger and hope.

At the heart of the Kurdish conflict, the boys appear as vulnerable as the city itself, but determined to succeed, and looking towards a better future. “Bağlar” is about those who won’t give in to despair.

Özge Calafato

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