Dil Leyla: Q&A with director Asli Özarslan and Tayfun Balcik

Dil Leyla

Language: Engels

Q&A with director Asli Özarslan led by moderator Froukje Santing.

Writer and Islam expert Froukje Santing lived and worked for years in Turkey. Since more than twenty years she closely follow the situation in the south east of the country.

After the screening Froukje will interview Asli Özarslan and Tayfun Balcik about the worrying situation of Leyla Imret, and about the security situation of Asli herself. And they will discuss the very bad human rights situation in the south east of the country where the army and the Kurds are fighting each other. Almost two years ago film director Asli Özarslan saw an article in a German newspaper about Leyla Imret. The article talked about Leyla being from Germany and the youngest mayor in Turkey. This information catched her attention. Tayfun Balcik is a historian, specialized in the modern history of Turkey. He wrote his thesis about the Armenian Genocide. In Hague Peace Projects he coordinates the Turkish-Kurdish program.

Leyla Imret grows up in Cizre, in the heart of the Kurdish resistance. When she is five, her father – a guerrilla fighter – is killed. Leyla is sent to Germany to live with an aunt. Twenty-one years later, she returns. She is welcomed back very enthusiastically as the lost daughter and is even elected as mayor, the youngest of Turkey. However, her relentless positivism to improve her birthplace is soon replaced by fear and uncertainty. Read more about Leyla and watch a short clip about her.

Unfortunately, Leyla Imret cannot attend the Movies that Matter Festival because we cannot reach her.