- What’s On
Mardin, a Heritage Protected City, has a strong relationship with cinema – and takes steps to maintain its position as one of Turkey’s cultural hubs. One way this is being done is through its international film festival, SineMardin, now in its eight year, an event that festival organisers describe as being a ‘moment to bring together cinema and humanity’.
This year, the festival will take place over various cultural venues in the city and showcase Turkish films, as well as screening international offerings (past years have included films from countries such as Mexico and Austria). It will also host internationally-acclaimed filmmakers and screenwriters from Syria, Lebanon, and Palestine.
The opening night film will be Iranian director Karzan Kader’s Bekas, which tells the story of two homeless brothers in Iraq and their survival in one of the most devastating times of the country’s history (Saddam Hussein’s regime along with the Kurdish conflict). Fellow Iranian director Mania Akbari will also be a guest at the festival.
Please check the festival’s website for the full programme.