Turkey on the Edge

Imre Azem

Turkey, Germany 2017, 52 min.

Documentary

Spoken language: German, English, Turkish

Subtitles: English

Dutch premiere

A personal account from inside the Turkish pro-democracy movement. While Turkey steadily turns into an oppressive one-man rule, several human rights defenders courageously stand up for civil liberties and true democracy. In the words of filmmaker Imre Azem: ‘To rise above the dark clouds, we need two things: truth and courage.’

After the failed coup attempt in July 2016, Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan issued a state of emergency which has turned into a instrument of enormous oppression. In sweeping purges, ten of thousands of civil servants, academics, journalists, members of Parliament, judges and others have been fired from their jobs or put in jail, often without charge or trial. Turkey on the Edge follows several key players in the resistance against the worsening political situation in the country.

We follow journalists, academics and others who face increasing danger, as they are targeted by the Erdogan regime for being terrorist sympathisers. In an environment of oppression and fear, fuelled by nationalism and misinformation, they stick together. When a referendum is organized to grant even more powers to president Erdogan, tensions reach a boiling point.

Synopsis

Read more about activist Fatih Polat.

Turkey on the Edge has been selected for the Activist competition.

Official website: http://www.journeyman.tv/film/7139/turkey-on-the-edge

Credits

Productions:

Gebrueder Beetz

info@gebrueder-beetz.de

+493069566910

www.beetz-brothers.de

World sales:

Journeyman Pictures

publicity@journeyman.tv

+442087866054

www.journeyman.tv

Talkshows & debates

Turkey on the Edge: Q&A with activist and journalist Fatih Polat and director Imre Azem

Saturday, March 24, 2018 - 12:30

Q&A with activist and journalist Fatih Polat and director Imre Azem about democratie and civil liberties in Turkey.

World première BRAVE! with activists Gamze and Sehriban

Saturday, March 24, 2018 - 12:30

Q&A with Turkish youth activists Gamze and Sehriban about their activism in Turkey with filmmaker Ayfer Ergun.

Turkey on the Edge: Q&A with activist and journalist Fatih Polat and director Imre Azem

Sunday, March 25, 2018 - 18:45

Journalist Bahram Sadeghi speaks with activist and journalist Fatih Polat and director Imre Azem about democracy, freedom of press and polarization in Turkey.

BRAVE Turkey film with activists Gamze and Sehriban

Sunday, March 25, 2018 - 18:45

Q&A with Turkish youth activists Gamze and Sehriban about their activism in Turkey with filmmaker Ayfer Ergun.

Turkey on the Edge: Q&A with activist and journalist Fatih Polat and director Imre Azem

Monday, March 26, 2018 - 21:45

Q&A with activist and journalist Fatih Polat and director Imre Azem about democratie and civil liberties in Turkey led by Tayfun Balcik.

Turkey on the Edge: Q&A with activist and journalist Fatih Polat and director Imre Azem

Wednesday, March 28, 2018 - 15:00

Journalist Erdal Balci talks with activist and journalist Fatih Polat and director Imre Azem democracy, freedom of press and polarization in Turkey.