Labor film festival to mark ninth year in four cities

ISTANBUL (CIHAN)- The International Labor Film and Video Festival will be marking its ninth year next month, presenting films in four different cities in Turkey, the festival organizers have announced on their website.

The festival will get under way on May 1 — International Workers’ Day — under the theme of “Her Yer Festival Her Yer DireniI” (Everywhere is festival, everywhere is resistance). Set to run until May 8, the annual cinematic event will offer nearly 80 films from 17 countries in simultaneous screenings in Istanbul, Izmir, Ankara and DiyarbakIr.

The festival will feature a gala event on May 2 in Istanbul at which a laborer who worked on a film set will be presented with a plaque. With a focus on short films and documentaries about the last year’s Gezi Park protests in Turkey as its theme suggests, the festival will also feature critically acclaimed movies such as Erdem Tepegöz’s debut feature “Zerre” (The Particle), Ali AydIn’s first film “Kuf” (Mold), actor-director YIlmaz ErdoIan’s much-lauded “KelebeIin RuyasI” (The Butterfly’s Dream) and YeIim UstaoIlu’s “Araf” (Somewhere In Between). The entire program of the festival will be announced in the upcoming days.

The admission-free festival aims to promote films that portray the lives and experiences of the working class.

(CihanToday’s Zaman) C