OPENING CINEBLEND FESTIVAL 2017 (Bioscoop Het Ketelhuis)

Het Ketelhuis, Amsterdam | Wednesday 14 June | -

The opening film of the Cineblend Festival 2017 is the documentary film The Others by director Ayşe Polat who wil be present at the Dutch premiere of her film.

After a welcome by Eddy Appels, director of Cineblend, Malika Ouacha will open the Cineblend festival 2017. Malika is a young anthropologist with a Moroccan-Dutch background. Besides her PhD research on the Ait Hdidou Berbers in Morocco she is working on processes of inclusion, diversity and polarisation in cooperation with organisations such as the Jewish Historic Museum, The Dutch Morocco Institute and the Municipality of Amsterdam. Malika is a new board member of Cineblend.

After the sceeening of THE OTHERS a discussion will follow with Turkish-Kurdisch director Ayşe Polat moderated by Özkan Gölpinar, writer, art critic, curator, filmmaker, member of the Raad voor Cultuur.

The Others

In the predominantly Kurdish province of Van (Turkey), the only visible reminders of the presence of the Armenian community are the ruins of countless churches. Only a small number of inhabitants with Armenian roots remain. One of them is Ali. In an area where the Armenian people are framed as ‘the Others’ by the Kurdish people, he tries to protect the Armenian heritage. ‘The Others’ also refer to the way Kurds are being seen by the Turkish majority. This films tells an unknown and personal story of the Armenian genocide and shows that, "the past is never dead, it is not even past." (W.Faulkner)

Ayşe Polat (Germany)
Turkey | 2016 | 66 min
Turkish, Kurdish spoken, English subtitled


Istanbul Film Festival 2016: Special Mention, Prize of the United Services Trade Union Ver.Di, Leipzig, 2016, Nominated for DEFA Sponsoring Prize and Goethe Institute Documentary Film Prize

Ayşe Polat is born in Malatya, the Kurdish part of Turkey. She grew up in Germany, where she studied philosophy, cultural science and German literature. She lives and works in Berlin and Istanbul.