Other Town / Öteki Kasaba
Frozen conflicts are international disputes that are not resolved for many years. Greeks and Turks (and especially their states) have tense relations over the last decades. The two sides fought against each other in the past and at present they face a series of disagreements. The film is about this conflict and the perceptions of the citizens of the two countries. The towns, Birgi in western Turkey, and Simitsana in central Peloponnese, are chosen for this film. These towns are rich in memories about the Other. In the past the Ottomans has captured the Greek town and the Greeks the Turkish one.
The filmmakers visited the two towns several times for a year and examined a range of aspects: how history is taught in schools, how the Other is presented during the national festivities, what the dignitaries think and say about the conflict and the past, what are the perceptions and the prejudices of the laymen and of the children, what the museums exhibit as history, etc. The inhabitants, young and old, were asked to speak about their feelings, fears, and prospects vis-a-vis the Other.
The films objective was to examine at what extent the widespread popular beliefs of the citizens, as well as the state policies of opinion forming reproduce prejudices, which in turn perpetuate the conflict. The filmmakers are also preparing a booklet that can be used for conflict resolution workshops and in classrooms, seminars, and conferences around the world.
Director: Nefin Dinç
Script: Hercules Millas
Voiceover: Hercules Millas
DOP: Nefin Dinç
Editing: Nefin Dinç
Sound: Erkan Duraklar
Music: Loudovikos Ton Anogion
Producers: Nefin Dinç, Hercules Millas, Gamze Paker Mekik, Claudine Avetyan