The Duhok IFF is delighted to announce that it will for the first time assign the Yılmaz Güney Award.
Being a director, actor, screenwriter and author of novels, Yılmaz Güney dedicated many of his works to the plight of the Kurdish and ordinary, working class people in Turkey. Thanks to Güney, Turkish cinema was revolutionised and Kurdish cinema was born. Until today his personality and films have influenced filmmakers across the four parts of Kurdistan.
A biography written by Hüseyin Tabak
Yılmaz Güney Pütün (his birth name is Pütün, Güney his artist`s name) was born on September 1st 1937 in the village Siverek near Adana/Turkey as a son of a simple farming family. He makes his first contacts with the film world at the age of 15 when he started working for a regional film distribution company, carrying film prints on his bike from one cinema to the other. As an employee he is allowed to watch the films himself and is deeply impressed by the emotions that images can evolve in people. Inspired by this, he starts writing his own short stories for which he even finds small publishing houses as buyers. 1955 he writes the short story "Three Ways to a an System of Equality" about a young village girl who is being oppressed by the feudal society structure as a member of the lower class. Because of the sentence „If we were all equal we would live in paradise. “, the public prosecutor presses charges against Güney on account of communist propaganda. In court, Güney hears the word communism for the first time. Thereupon he leaves Adana and goes to Istanbul, not because he fears conviction, but because he doesn’t understand his fault and therefore doesn’t see any chance for a fair process.