Leyla ile Mecnun Gurbette

Leyla ile Mecnun Gurbette

Leyla and Mecnun Abroad

Zeynep Özkaya, Netherlands, 2009DigiBeta, Colour, 61'

In contrary to how Özkaya remembers her parents, their love story starts by the saying “They were like Leyla and Mecnun” – a well known love story in the Islamic world, like Romeo and Juliet. While visiting the village where her parents were born, she found a stack of old letters, letters with love songs from her mother and her father. These letters reveal a passionate love story between Turkey and the Netherlands. For centuries we have listened to the voice of Mecnun expressing his love for Leyla through poetry and songs. But what about Leyla, what are the colours of her voice?

05 August, Kino në Lum, 22:15


Director: Zeynep Özkaya
Producer: Zeynep Ozkaya - Xeynia Production
Cinematographer: Zeynep Özkaya
Editor: Magda Augusteijin
Sound: Zeynep Özkaya, Marco Vermaas

Director's Biography

Leyla ile Mecnun Gurbette, 2009. Hilal’in Saçı, 2005.

Festivals and Awards:

New Talent Award – Documentarist, Istanbul Documentary Days 2010, Turkey. World Film Canon Award – Kosmopolis Foundation Culture & Cinema Festival 2009, Holland. Rodos Eco Film Festival, 2009. 8th of March International Women’s Day Festival EDE, 2009. IDFA 2008. Ankara International Film Festival 2009, Turkey.



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