36 Boys


In Competition

Written and Directed by Yelda Yanat Kapkın
Documentary / 45 min. / 2012


Today there are an estimated 3 million Turks in Germany, the largest ethnic community in the country. Multiculturalism and the integraiton of immigrants has been a fiercely controversial topic in Germany. The 1980s and 1990s witnessed an increase in the amount of racist violence in the country, with racism appearing to increase during the economic crisis throughout the 1980s, and as a result of German reunification in 1989. Many such attacks targeted the Turkish community. By the end of the 1980s in West Germany the children of Turkish immigrants had begun to form gangs to protect themselves from racist attacks. Such gangs emerged across the country. The largest gang - in the Kreuzberg district of Berlin - called itself the 36 Boys, named after the old postal code of their area.



Sadullah SenturkYelda Yanat Kapkın is a director and producer with a filmography including the documentaries Israeli Dervish (2012), 36 Boys (2012), Balkans My Land (2013).


Tuesday, November 12, 2013, 6:00 p.m.
Conference Auditorium, Boston University
775 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston