Film on young victims of Dersim massacre shown in Ankara

ISTANBUL (CIHAN)- The 2010 documentary “Iki Tutam Saç-Dersim’in KayIp KIzlarI” (Two Locks of Hair: The Lost Girls of Dersim), by female director Nezahat GundoIan, was screened in Ankara on Wednesday for a special audience, including EmoI Gulver, whose life story was among the sources of inspiration behind the film’s production.

Main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) leader Kemal KIlIçdaroIlu and his wife, Selvi KIlIçdaroIlu, were also in attendance at the film screening, which recounts the stories of young girls who lost their parents and were then adopted by the families of high-ranking Turkish army officers after the Turkish state’s intervention against the Dersim revolt in Tunceli, which was led by Kurdish clans in the late 1930s.

Gulver, 83, who was adopted by a soldier when she was 5 years old, told members of the press before the screening that such documentaries are a means for the younger generation to learn about the suffering she and others like her went through, and added that she hopes similar incidents will not take place in the future.

GundoIan said if she had not directed the movie, a part of her would have been incomplete and she would have felt ashamed. The filmmaker added that she is peaceful now thanks to having produced a film about an event she had heard of and sharing it with a wider audience. KazIm GundoIan, the documentary’s producer, noted that they had taken part in the project to contribute to the social memory of Turkey.

The documentary includes criticism of the single-party regime in Turkey, which lasted until 1946, and anecdotes from Mustafa Kemal Ataturk’s adopted daughter, Sabiha Gökçen. The film was also seen by deputies from the CHP and the pro-Kurdish Peace and Democracy Party (BDP), along with Kemal Burkay, leader of the pro-Kurdish Rights and Freedoms Party (HAK-PAR), at Wednesday’s screening.

(CihanToday’s Zaman)