Screening and Talk with Mustafa Emin Büyükcoşkun
Location: Kommunales Kino Freiburg
Sat, 10 Dec 2022, 7:30 pm
The Kommunale Kino Freiburg (Municipal Cinema Freiburg) and Kunstverein Freiburg cordially invite you to the film screening of Set Off (2019) by Mustafa Büyükcoşkun within the the group show On the Brink of Remembering (26 Nov 2022–8 Jan 2023). The screening will be followed by a talk with Mustafa Emin Büyükcoşkun, Güneş Erzurumluoğlu and Theresa Roessler.
Set Off (2019) is the story of 33 young people who dreamed of a long journey and took a path that did not lead them to their destination. On their way, in the shadow of their memories and fears, this film is an exercise on how and what to tell after a disaster that has not been mourned; a journey parallel to theirs, daydreams in the midst of a battle zone where landscape shots dissect regimes of power. In the summer of 2015, a group of young people from western Turkey organized a humanitarian relief effort to help rebuild the town of Kobane in northern Syria, which was destroyed after being defended against IS. Their trip was more than a relief effort, but a symbolic bridge between Turkish and Kurdish society while peace negotiations are still ongoing. Their journey ended in the border town of Suruç, beyond Kobane, where an IS fighter blew himself up, killing 33 of them. The Suruç massacre was not an attack on the brotherhood of two people, but also a signal of the coming storm, a bloody uprising in Turkey. Set Off (2019) does not focus on this specific event, but on the morale and motivation of these young people to participate in this journey. What moved them from their comfortable milieus? How did they decide to go?
Director: Mustafa Emin Büyükcoşkun
Production: Arzu Demir
Photography: Emre Altan, Ezgi Aydin, Mustafa Emin Büyükcoşkun
Editing: Mustafa Emin Büyükcoşkun, Semih Gülen
Sound: David Loscher
Admission: 8 €/ 5 € (reduced)
Admission is free for members of Kunstverein Freiburg.
Image: Mustafa Emin Büyükcoşkun, Set Off, 2019, Videostill