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Come to my Voice

Huseyin Karabey

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Dutch premiere

In a remote Kurdish mountain village eight-year-old Jiyan worries about the fate of her father Temo who was arrested in the middle of the night by Turkish soldiers looking for arms. There are no arms in the village, however. Together with her grandmother Berfé, Jiyan starts searching for a gun to bail out her father.


When an informant tells the Turkish army that weaponry is hidden in a small Kurdish mountain village, soldiers search the village in the middle of the night, but find nothing. The strong-minded commander has all men in the village arrested and declares not to release them before the supposed armoury is handed over. Jiyan collects all available toy weapons in the village and her grandmother proposes the old rifle that belonged to her father. To no avail, since the soldiers only want modern, real weapons. So Berfé and Jiyan set out to find one.

Come to My Voice is a poetic frame story in which director Hüseyin Karabey uses humour, tradition and superb natural images to shed light on the absurdity of the ‘hidden war’ that the Turkish government has been waging against the Kurdish population for the past twenty years.


Turkey, France, Germany 2013, 105 min.


Spoken language: Kurdish, Turkish

Subtitles: English


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