Norsk filminstitutt

After the failed coup attempt in Turkey on July 15, 2016, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan unleashed an unprecedented wave of repression against his opponents. Tens of thousands of teachers, judges, journalists, health workers, and military have been fired, and thousands have been sentenced to jail, many to long-term sentences including life. In this documentary brand, new documents and revealing film footage never shown before will be presented. 

The film will illustrate what happened that dramatic night through the voices of the people who witnessed it. 

The film also addresses Turkey’s difficult relationship with NATO and Europe. President Erdogan has also accused the US of being the prime mover behind the coup attempt and has in the process gotten closer to Russia. This process could, if it endures, represent a dramatic geopolitical shift. The film thematizes how the country has spectacularly changed since the coup attempt.

Production and distribution

Production Year:
2019
Production country:
Norway
Release date (national):
2019-09-26
Production company:
Integral Film AS
Financing company:
Norwegian Film Institute
The Freedom of Expression Fund
Fond for lyd og bilde
Aftenposten TV
SVT
DR
Producer:
Jørgen Lorentzen
Film consultant:
Lars Daniel Krutzkoff Jacobsen
Sales agent:
DR Sales

Director

  • Jørgen Lorentzen

    Jørgen Lorentzen is a Norwegian gender researcher, film producer and writer. He has written several books and published a series of articles. As a film producer, he has produced controversial documentaries and TV series for director Nefise Özkal Lorentzen. He has worked as the leader of Norwegian Non-Fiction Writers and Translators Organization for six years. He is currently working as a director at Hedda Foundation. 

    Jørgen Lorentzen
  • Nefise Özkal Lorentzen

     Nefise Özkal Lorentzen (b. 1964) is a Turkish-Norwegian film director. She holds a Bachelors's degree in political science from the Bosphorous University in Istanbul, Turkey, and a Master's degree in media and communication from the University of Oslo. She has written and directed numerous documentary films, often touching upon controversial themes such as gay Muslims, war, and racial discrimination. In 2008 she also made her debut in fiction, writing and directing the five-episode drama TV-series The Young Detectives. In addition to making films, Özkal Lorentzen has also written several books. 

    Nefise Özkal Lorentzen

Awards

2021:
Sebastopol Documentary Film Festival
Audience Award

Festivals

2020:
CPH:DOX
2020:
Nordic/Docs
2021:
Sebastopol Documentary Film Festival

Crew

Director:
Jørgen Lorentzen
Nefise Özkal Lorentzen
Screenplay:
Jørgen Lorentzen
Cinematographer:
Anders Hoft
Editor:
Morten Haslerud
Composer:
Simon Valentine
Animator:
Simon Valentine
Narrator:
Jørgen Lorentzen

Technical information

Format:
DCP 2k
Screen ratio:
16:9
Colour:
Colour
Sound format:
Stereo 5.1
Length in mins:
60'
Language:
Norwegian
English
Turkish
Subtitles:
English

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