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Once upon a Time


Once upon a Time




CATALOGUE TEXT
Approximately one million people in Turkey are hired as seasonal workers every year. They are severely exploited, working for very low wages without any insurance. Most of them are Kurdish and underage. “Once Upon a Time” follows the story of one such Kurdish family, who travel from their hometown of Batman in Southeast Turkey to the capital city, Ankara, to grow lettuce as hired hands. During this migration, a sudden love story changes the course of events … Veteran filmmaker Kazım Öz’s documentary offers a personal perspective on the labour conditions and stark class inequalities that persist in today’s Turkey.

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Credits
Original Title: He bû tune bû
Country: Turkey
Year: 2014
Language: Kurdish, Turkish
Subtitle: English
Runtime: 81 min.
Format: DCP
Color: Colour
Director: Kazım Öz
Producer: Kazım Öz
Cinematographer: Kazım Öz
Editor: Kazım Öz, Semih Yıldız
Sound: Selahattin Mardin
Script: Kazım Öz
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