2015, Colour, Turkey, Documentaries


Production Team

Director : Ertugrul Mavioglu, Çayan Demirel

Cinematographer : Koray Kesik

Editor : Burak Dal

Film production and Sales : Prod.: Ayse Cetinbas, Surela Film, Sinanpasa Köprüsü Sokak No 8, Guven Apt. Daire 2 34353 Besiktas, Istanbul (Turquie), tél.: +90 212 227 34 96,



BAKUR takes a look at one side of the war that has been raging in Turkey for decades: that of the Kurdish PKK guerrillas. To date, the PKK have lost over 30,000 members in their fight for Kurdish independence. What is the PKK's perception of the state, justice and authority? What is their relationship to the people? How did the Kurdish movement evolve over the years into a battle for freedom founded on the women's rights movement? BAKUR introduces the women and men who have chosen to join the armed resistance in order to create a new future.



Ertugrul Mavioglu was 19 years old at the time of the September 12th, 1980 military coup and he spent 8 years in jail for political reasons during the period between 1980 – 1991. During his periods of freedom, he completed his degree in journalism. He worked nearly 30 years as a journalist at various newspapers and television stations. He has received two awards for investigative journalism from the Progressive Journalists Association. He is the author of an oral history trilogy about the September 12, 2021 junta, as well as a co-author with Ahmet Sik of a two-volume work about the counterinsurgents in Turkey. Mavioglu's last book was published in 2012 and was an analysis of the media. In 2006 he was a co-director along with Sedat Yilmaz of a 26 minutes short documentary entitled ‘Apoletli Adalet’. "BAKUR” is the director's first feature length documentary.

Çayan Demirel was born in Istanbul in 1977. After completing his degree at the Faculty of Economics, he started working in documentary film in the year 2000 with oral history projects. In 2006 he completed his documentary "38" about the Dersim events, and he established SURELA FILM PRODUCTION in 2008. In 2009 he won the "Best Documentary" award for his film "Prison Number 5: 1980-84" at the Antalya Golden Orange Film Festival, the Ankara Film Festival and SIYAD. His documentary entitled ‘Dr. Sivan’ (2013) is about the life of Dr. Sait Kirmizitoprak, a Kurdish intellectual who lived between 1935-1971 and who was the founder of the first leftist Kurdish guerilla movement. Çayan Demirel's documentaries have been shown at many international film festivals, universities and NGO's. "BAKUR" is the director's latest feature length documentary.



Friday September 4, 2022 - 07:00 PM - CINÉMA QUARTIER LATIN 2
Sunday September 6, 2022 - 12:00 PM - CINÉMA QUARTIER LATIN 2


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