Monday 5 August
I Had a Dream (Bir Rüya Gördüm)
Burcu Esenç and Cantekin Cantez, 69 min, Documentary, in Turkish, Ubykh, French, Norwegian and English languages with English subtitles, 2018
Followed by a discussion with the film researcher Burak Esenç
Year 2014: A woman cuddles her baby and wishes to name him in her native family language. But, no one remembers that language.
In 1992, the Ubyks, an ethnic community exiled to Turkey in 1864, lost their mother tongue with the death of Tevfik Esenç, the last person speaking Ubykh language in the world.
Years after, his granddaughter - Burcu Esenç - embarks on a journey through the footsteps of her grandfather by pursuing notions such as genocide, losing native language and rootlessness. She visits France, Norway and the Caucasus and goes on a journey back to her roots, as his grandfather did, and that whispers many mysteries to her. A film about forgetting, assimilation and a community who lost its native language.
The film was screened at Ankara International Film Festival.