Original Title: Mehdi Zana - voir la vie autrement
Production Company:  Couleur Films
Director: Kudret Gunes
Script: Kudret Gunes
Cinematography: Jean Marie Boulet
Editor: Luc Forveille
Music Composer: Dilovan
Producer: Jean Marie Boulet
Running Time: 56 min
Country:  France
Language: Turkish, French, Kurdish

 



Synopsis
The film is a portrait of Mehdi Bilici, who was elected in 1977 as the first Kurdish mayor in Diyarbakir. Mehdi was arrested in 1980 and tortured in Turkish prisons for almost 11 years. He fled from his country in 1995 to live in Sweden. Far away from his wife and his children, Mehdi tries to build up a new life in a society which is very different from his own. With this film Gunes also remembers the history of her own father who was also imprisoned, and her life in exile in France.

 

Director’s Biography
Kudret Gunes was born in Turkey. After studying journalism and social education in Ankara, she studied directing and editing in France. She also studied cinema at new Sorbonne Yilmaz Güney Cinema Academy, then she wrote screenplays and made documentaries and short films. Since 1999, she has directed several short films and documentaries including "Leyla Zana, the cry beyond the choked voice". This film has won several awards: Jury Prize young Olivier Award in Quémener FIGRA (Festival International Grand Reportage topical) Le Touquet 2003. Young Jury Award at the International Film Festival of Asian Vesoul 2004. It has been shown in many international film festivals.
 

Filmography
2011 Bédia
2009 Humiliated Women
2005 Beritans - Kurdish Nomads
2005 Mehdi Zana - Seeing Life Differently
2003 Leyla Zana - Writings from Prison