Colors of Turkey

Festival Program

Contemporary Turkish Documentaries

Bogazici'ne Sigindik / Zuflüct am Bosporus
Directed and written by Nedim Hazar
Produced by Ethel Kupas
2001, 86 minutes
In Turkish with English subtitles
Co-presented with the Goethe-Institut Boston and the Boston Jewish Film Festival
Saturday, November 26, 2005 at 7:00pm
Harvard Film Archive
Main Auditorium
Carpenter Center for the Arts 









The film documents the strong influence of German and Jewish academicians and artists in the development of modern Turkey through the stories of two children of German exiles who fled to Turkey from the Nazis. The present-day situation of the protagonists reflect a rather sad aspect of refugee-life: Once in exile, always in exile... Writer, director and musician Nedim Hazar of Turkish origin, has been living in Germany since 1980. In his first feature-length documentary film, he worked together with the renowned Czech documentarist Pavel Schnabel, who acted as cameraman and producer.
Nedim Hazar was born in Ankara in 1960, raised in Sydney and Istanbul, and began his professional career in Cologne, Germany, where he has been living since 1980. He worked as an actor in Ruhrfestspiele Recklinghausen (Recklinghausen City Theater) for three years and took parts in various television and cinema productions. Later he took a musical journey of six years between London and Alma Ata with the ethno-rock band, "Yarinistan", as the group's singer and composer, which has four albums. Since 1990's, he works as a presenter and a producer in the Germany radio station, WDR. He created numerous interviews and short documentaries for WDR, 3 Sat and Arte. Nedim Hazar is graduated in 1998 from Cologne International Film School (IFS) in screenplay writing and in 1999 he received education in directing in Amsterdam Advanced School of Arts (AHK), studying with Michael Radford, Brian Gilbert and Gillies McGinnon. 
Filmography as Director:
Kushtepe Blues (2004)
A Voyage with Mercan Dede / Mercan Dede ile Yolculuk (2004)
Burhan Öcal & Trakya All Stars - A Musical Homecoming / (2003)
Asylum on the Bosphorus / Bogaziçi'ne Sigindik / Zuflüct am Bosporus (2001)
Havada Kaliyor Insan / Du hängst einfach in der Luft... (1997)