Gaza is a 14-year-old boy who lives on the Aegean coast of Turkey. Together with his domineering father, he helps smuggle refugees to Europe, giving them temporary shelter and scant food until they attempt their crossing. Gaza dreams of escaping this life of crime, but can’t help being drawn into a dark world of immorality, exploitation and human suffering. Can you avoid becoming a monster when you’ve been raised by one?
- Young Jury Prize - CineMed Brussels
- FIPRESCI Prize - Valladolid IFF
- Hayat Van Eck
- Ahmet Mümtaz Taylan
- Turgut Tunçalp
- Tankut Yıldız
- Tuba Büyüküstün
- Hakan Günday
- Onur Saylak
- Doğu Yaşar
- Feza Çaldıran
- Ali Aga
- Uygur Yiğit
Gaza’s story starts with a simple question: what is the primary tool that human beings used? Yet, no question is simple for a boy like Gaza, who in such an early age, had to turn into a human trafficker. In this brutal reality people are just objects. Unexceptional objects that need to be carried from one place in the world to another. Neither do they have a name nor a past. Neither do they have feeling nor dreams. Therefore, Gaza discovered the answer of the very first question just when he was a boy: “the primary tool that human beings used was another human being”. And the value of that tool, changes from era to era…
- HERETIC OUTREACH
- AY YAPıM
An audacious, provocative directorial debut.
A difficult, despairing watch, but the ferocity of its intent is both justified and admirable.
Onur Saylak, born in 1977, in Ankara, is an actor and director. He started his cinema career as an actor by playing the character of Yusuf in AUTUMN, which won Best Picture in the 15th Golden Boll Film Festival. After the national and international achievements of AUTUMN, Onur Saylak continued acting in cinema and took up directing for the first time with the short film THE JUNGLE. The award-winning film is currently being screened in festivals and has met with critical acclaim in national and international circles. His feature film MORE have premiered in Karlovy Vary IFF.