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Since the military coup in Turkey in 1980, approximately two thousand people have disappeared. Hassan Ocak was among those who disappeared in 1995. The government kept information about these events silent, as did the people who were acquainted with the missing. They resented being unable to talk about it because the missing people were considered to be terrorists, perpetrators or communists. However, one particular mother was unable to keep silent. Hassan’s mother pushed to the streets, and many other mothers joined her in her steps and they gathered in strength. By following the activities of the “Saturday Mothers”, the film not only becomes a report disclosing the tyrannical power of a nation which tears at the heart of the beloved, but also sings about the courage of the women who fought back. (Nam In-young)
Ayfer ErgünAyfer Ergün
Born in Ankara, Turkey in 1964, Ayfer Ergün studied television and film science at the University of Amsterdam. After graduation, she worked at a broadcasting station in the Netherlands until 1998. In addition to continuing to make documentary films, she now works in the audiovisual department of Amnesty International, as a director, producer and editor in chief. Her filmography includes The “Foolish”Mothers of Turkey(1998), a documentary on the mothers searching for their disappeared children and Illegal Dreams (2000), a film about clandestine immigrants in Europe.