Screening & Discussion
Frenzy ("Abluka") (Dir. Emin Alper, 2015)
Istanbul is in the grip of political violence. Hamza, a high-ranking police officer offers Kadir a conditional release from prison. To be released he has to accept to work in the new intelligence unit of garbage collectors. Kadir accepts, and starts collecting trash from the shanty towns, checking to see whether it contains material related to bomb-making. Kadir finds his younger brother Ahmet in one of those neighborhoods. Ahmet works at the municipality as part of a team responsible for destroying stray dogs. Ahmet’s unwillingness to bond with Kadir as brothers, in spite of Kadir’s insistance, leads Kadir to plot conspiracy theories to explain Ahmet’s distance.
Discussant: Fırat Bozcali (Anthropology, Stanford) & Kerem Uşşaklı (Anthropology, Stanford)
This film is part of the Understanding Turkey Through Film Series. All films are in Turkish with English subtitles. Screenings are free & open to the public.