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Vendetta Song

Director:
  • Eylem Kaftan
Producer:
  • Abbey Jack Neidik
  • Irene Lilianheim Angelico
  • Germaine Wong
Writer:
  • Eylem Kaftan
  • Jeremiah Hayes
  • Irene Lilienheim Angelico
  • Craig Segal
Cinematographer:
  • Zoe Dirse
Editor:
  • Jeremiah Hayes (Eylem Kaftan
  • Luise Cote - editors)
Sound:
  • Diane Carriere
Distributor / Sales:
  • Irene Angelico / DLI Productions
Executive Producer:
  • Sally Bochner (NFB)

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  • Country:Canada
  • Year:2004
  • Length:52 min
  • Data rate:7.5 MB/min
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Description
As a 17-year-old in Istanbul, Eyelem Kaftan learned her fathers sister had been murdered 30 years earlier in an honour killing. A decade later, armed only with a faded photograph, the name of a village not even on the map, and a compelling need to discover the truth about her aunts death, she journeys deep into the Kurdish heartland of Turkey. Villagers who loved and remember Guizide - her only child drowned at the age of five, her husband gunned down in a blood feud, her duty to marry her eldest brother-in-law but her love for the younger one - still sing songs that bring to life a woman who was "tall, strong and not afraid of men." As Kaftan draws closer to the identity of Guizides killer, she also discovers ancient tribal vendettas and a world where girls are often still not schooled or registered at birth, and where polygamy, bride prices and arranged marriages remain the custom. Winner of the 2005 Best Short or Medium Length Documentary Award from the Association of Quebec Cinema Critics / CIDA Prize for Best Canadian Documentary on International Development at Hot Docs 2005.
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