Saf

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    Saf

    Directed by

    Germany, Romania, Turkey

    2018

    102 min

    • Arabic
    • Turkish

    Drama

    Kamil is only 28 years old, but his mounting worries make him look much older. He initially can't bring himself to accept work at one of the many high-rise developments responsible for pushing residents out of his native Fikirtepe neighbourhood, but financial desperation eventually trumps ideals. Kamil secretly takes a job as a bulldozer operator, working under the table for the same reduced wage that was given to the Syrian refugee he replaced, much to the violent resentment of his fellow Turkish co-workers.

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    Credits

    Cast
    Saadet Isil Aksoy
    Erol Afsin
    Onur Buldu
    Ummu Putgul
    Kida Ramadan
    Screenplay
    Ali Vatansever
    Cinematography
    Tudor Vladimir Panduru
    Editing
    Evren Lus
    Production
    TERMINAL FILM
    Sales
    DOC & FILM INTERNATIONAL
    Ali Vatansever

    Ali Vatansever

    Turkey

    Urban photographer and filmmaker. Born in 1981 in Istanbul. Graduated from Istanbul Technical University with a B.Sc. degree in Industrial Product Design and from Istanbul Bilgi University with an MA in Cinema and TV. He completed his MFA degree in Film Production at Rochester Institute of Technology, New York with a Fulbright Grant. In 2003, he started his film career with directing short films, documentary and music videos. Ali is pursuing his directing career within Terminal Film, a production company he co- founded in 2008 and teaching Film at Koç University, Media and Visual Arts Department. His debut feature El Yazısı (One Day or Another), a small town comedy and drama, has been distributed in theatres across Turkey and received 50.000 admissions. El Yazısı had its premier in Istanbul Film Festival and international premier in Cairo Film Festival. Ali is also an urban activist, working closely with NGOs on local democracy and governance. SAF is his latest film which premiered at Doc & Film International.

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