Global Kurdish Film Festival Q&A with writer Asli Erdogan and the film Zehra and the Others, moderated by Sehriban Suyur.
Zehra and the Others Synopsis:
Zehra is a journalist and a painter and because of her painting, she is now been charged with the accusation of terrorism. She has a Kurdish/Turkish ethnicity and has been in prison with the charge of being a terrorist. Zehra is a journalist, but above all, she is a painter and it’s because of a painting that she is charged with the accusation of terrorism. However, she is not the only woman who is accused and has paid her freedom for a crime she did not commit.
And then there is Sebnem Korur Fincanci. She too was incarcerated and accused of terrorism. Sebnem is actually a university professor of forensic medicine and a well-known activist for human rights. She is known internationally for solving clamorous torture cases. All three of them have dared to express dissent against the actual politics of their country and against the cruel war that Erdoğan is conducting against the ambitions of the Kurds.
Three women, different for age, ethnicity, background, but whose stories come together dramatically in the description of some crucial events that took place in Turkey in the last five years. Asli and Sebnem today are free, even though they are still waiting for the final verdict. After three years of prison for a watercolour, Zehra has been freed on 24 February 2019. But her fighting and independent spirit of a Kurdish woman has found a way to “escape” before that day, through a clandestine letter she sent from the very tough prison where she was locked up. The letter was delivered through her lawyers and she narrates her story, her fight, and the harsh days of her imprisonment.
The Directors of the Documentary are four Italian women: Francesca Nava who is also the investigative journalist of the film, Marica Casalinuovo, Vichie Chinaglia, and Marella Bombini. This team signed the film under the name of Creative Nomads, an Independent Italian Production Company.