Özge Calafato December 8 2016

Exhumed Memories


Since 2007, the Committee on Missing Persons in Cyprus has been conducting excavations in the Kyrenia Mountains with the hopes of returning the remains of Greek and Turkish Cypriots to their respective families. Skeletons are exhumed; mass graves are uncovered with the help of surviving anonymous witnesses. These individuals have been missing since the tragedies of 1963/64 and 1974.

With staggering camerawork and a poised pace, “Colony” unearths Cyprus’s unsettling memory of conflict. Exploring the issues of trauma, remembrance and reconciliation, the film delves into the intricate relationship between geography and human psychology.

Turkey / 2015 / HD / Black and white / 52´ / English, Greek, Turkish with English Subtitles

The sun rises at the Beşparmak Mountains. The autonomous Missing Persons Committee is conducting excavations at these mountains along with scientists and undercover witnesses. Skeletons will be exhumed and delivered to the families. The ghosts of unopened mass graves wander in evacuated villages, valleys. “Colony“ is a film about psychogeography, the memory of the landcape and remembrance.

Director: Gürcan Keltek
Cinematographer: Murat Tuncel
Editor: Fırat Gürgen
Sound: Marc Van Goethem
Producer: Aziz Mullaaziz – Gürcan Keltek
Production Co.: 29P FILMS
World Sales: 29P FILMS
Turkey / 2015 / HD / Black and white / 52´ / English, Greek, Turkish with English Subtitles

FIDMarseille International Film Festival 2015
Doku Fest Kosovo 2015 (Best Newcomer Prize)
Documentarist 2015 (Johan Van Der Keuken New Talent Prize)
DOK Leipzig Festival 2016 (Shadows of the Half Moon)
Jihlava International Documentary Film Festival 2016 (Transparent Landscape)
AmDocs - American Documentary Film Festival 2016
Thessaloniki Documentary Film Festival 2016
Istanbul Film Festival 2016
Festival de Cinéma de Douarnenez 2016

About Director
Born in Izmir. Gürcan Keltek studied film at DEÜ Faculty of Fine Arts. He directed short films, commercials and music videos. His short documentaries, ‘Overtime’ (2012) and ‘The Burning Mountain’ (2014) has been screened more than 30 international film festivals including Visions Du Réel, DOK Leipzig, Nantes Festival du 3 Continents. His medium-length, ‘Colony’ (2015) premiered at FIDMarseille International Film Festival, won Best Newcomer Prize at Doku Fest Kosovo, screened at AmDocs American Documentary Film Festival and Thessaloniki Documentary Film Festival.

About Author

Özge Calafato studied Political Science in Istanbul and Journalism in London. Since 1999, she has worked as a journalist, editor and translator for several magazines focusing on photography, literature, contemporary art, film, jazz and travel. She has worked as an interpreter and reporter for several news publications and agencies, including the BBC World Service and The Wall Street Journal. In addition, she has authored five books and translated several others. 

Calafato has worked for the Abu Dhabi Film Festival (ADFF) as Programming Manager and served as a selection committee member for the SANAD Development and Post-Production Fund. She has also worked as a programmer and consultant for a number film festivals and institutions including Documentarist, DOK Leipzig, Doha Film Institute, DokuFest, Oslo Arab Film Days, The Arab Fund for Arts and Culture, Punto de Vista, Imagine Science, Cinema Akil and Birds Eye View. She is a co-founder and project director of the UAE National Film Library and Archive and a member of the publications committee for the online literary magazine altZine.net and e-book publisher altKitap.net. She currently works as the Project Manager for the Akkasah: Center for Photography at NYU Abu Dhabi.

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