Refika

REFİKA

In Competition

Written and Directed by Özge Deniz Özker
Documentary / 11' 18" / 2012


Synopsis


The documentary film “Refika” is a journey on both sides of the North Aegean in search of a woman called “Refika” whose photograph the director came across in Adatepe, the old Greek village in Turkey where the Turks and Greeks lived together before the population exchange between the two people. Hearing different versions of the story about Refika and her love Nazmi, she tried to find out which version is the real one. Who is the woman in the photograph? Who is Refika? Who writes history? The final chapter of her journal witnesses how Refika's story and her supposed picture have been commodified, and become marketing tools for a local brand.

 

Selected Festivals and Awards

“Hasretin İki Yakası” Short Film Festival, Turkey: Best Film
Cannes Film Festival, France
Planete +Doc Film Festival, Poland
Akbank Short Film Festival, Turkey: Finalist
TRT Documentary Awards, Turkey: Finalist
Eskişehir Film Festival, Turkey
Eutopia in Córdoba Film Festival, Spain
International Amsterdam Documentary Festival, The Netherlands
Which Human Rights? Film Festival, Turkey

 

Özge Deniz ÖZKER

Ozge Deniz OzkerÖzge Deniz Özker graduated from Eskişehir Anadolu University Cinema and Television Department in 2004. She received her master’s degree from Izmir University of Economics Design Studies in 2012. She worked in different cities and projects as second director, director of editing, and aerial cameraperson. In 2008, her first illustrated children’s book “Zizi’s Dreams” (Zizi’nin Düşleri) was published by Tudem publications. Between 2009-2013 she was employed in Izmir University of Economics as a photography studio technician and instructor for the Photography Club. In 2011 she shot a documentary film entitled “Overlooking to the Sea” Trilogy (Denize Bakan Üçlemesi), with a grant from the Ministry of Culture and Tourism. She filmed “Refika” as a part of the North Aegean Narratives Projects in 2012.


Saturday, November 9, 2013, 1:00 p.m.
Remis Auditorium, Museum of Fine Arts
465 Huntington Avenue, Boston