The world premiere of the sem kayar documentary “Love, Mark and Death” included in the panorama selection of the 62nd International Berlin Film Festival was held this evening. “Love, Mark and Death” tells the history of immigration with music culture created by Turks who came to Germany from the 1960s.
Inspired by a poem of the same name by Berlin-based author Aras Oren, “Love, Mark and Death” consists of three parts. “Love” works with the hospitableness of the “guest staff” who come to Germany, their aspirations for family and loved ones. “Mark” focuses on music played in crowded weddings from the 80’s and the casino culture of Turks living in German cities. “Death”, on the other hand, focuses on rap and hip hop culture and music produced by second- and third-generation Turkish sources, developed after the racist attacks targeting Turks in Molen and Solingen in the early 90’s.
Exquisite archival work
Cem Kaya, who has worked extensively on public television and private archives in Germany, reminds us of the existence of a culture that is not well known by the majority society. In the picture, Aşık Metin Türköz, who translates the sentiments of “expatriates” through his folk songs, Yüksel Özkasap, known as “Colonne Nightingale”, Cavidan nal, known as “Europe’s Diva”, Hatay Engin, a sought-after. The name of the casino includes interviews with Erci E., one of the pioneers of Turkish rap music in Germany.
The famous hat engine in Germany also took part in this film
In the film, Sem Kaya dynamically mixes archive footage, old Turkish films and interview scenes, presents parts of Turkish life and concerts in Germany, as well as political developments in the 60-year history of immigration. Answering a question from DW Turkish, Sem Kaya said, “We have been trying to connect music with the social and political developments that have taken place in Germany over the last few decades. It was important.”
Same coward signature at each stage
Cem Kaya, 46, a Berlin-based director, talks about the Yesilcom films “remake, remix, rip-off” (motor: copycat culture and popular Turkish movies) and “Arabesk – Vom Gosensound Zoom Massenpop” (Arabic) which he directed. Did. With Gokhan Bulut. He is also known in Turkey for his documentaries.
Sam Kaya, who co-wrote the screenplay for “Love, Mark and Death” with Mehmet Akif Buikatale, who won the Best Debut Award for Best First Film with “Ore” at the Berlinale in 2019, also worked as the film’s cameraman and worked on the words and editing. . Büyükatalay is also among the producers of the film.
Sem Kaya said that the idea of making a movie with ‘expatriate music’ was in the hands of many filmmakers around him. Kaya says the 2013 album “Songs of the Gasterbeater” (guest staff songs) compiled by Bullet Kulluku and Imran Ayata was also influential in the birth of the concept. According to Kayar, the album was the first to reveal that “Germany has a different music culture than Turkey.”
“Love, Mark and Death” is a personal story
Kaya says that the film’s screenwriters and producers Büyükatalay and Ufuk Cam, who contributed to the script, also told a “personal” story in “Love, Mark and Death”: “For example, when we were 11, 12, 13 years old, We went to a wedding with our parents. Or “We were listening to music from cassette tapes sold here while driving together in Turkey. Or going to a concert of Turkish artists. When we rediscover these materials in archives, our own memories come to life. We were there, we felt them. “
Kaya says the hip hop song that appeared in the 90’s, along with the Turkish song, and the things they deal with are important to them. Kaya says the songs, which are a response to the “sadness, fear and anger” created by racist attacks in the 90’s, “give them strength”.
An unknown culture in Germany
The records and cassettes that Turkuola put on the market were established in Cologne in 1964 for people of Turkish descent in Cologne, and Uzelli, which began operations in Frankfurt in 1971, was selling millions. However, as Sem Kaya points out, the music was not well-known in Germany’s majority society. Explaining that the most important reason is that these musicians are not covered in the German media and that Turkish-born artists are not invited to television concerts, Keya added: “These tapes are not sold in German music stores. The stores sell imported products behind food counter . “
Uxell Ozkasap, also known as “Colon Nightingale”
Also, a singer like Yüksel Özkasap, who sold millions of records, did not make it to the German music charts. Kaya says the first reaction of the Germans who saw the movie was “we didn’t know it.”
Cem Kaya uses the experience she gained while scanning the archive for “Motör” and “Arabeks” movies in this movie, which she started working on in 2017. Scanning television archives, as well as personal archives, to find previously unpublished footage of Sem Kaya Derdicoller, for example, from the archives of videographers who shot wedding videos in the 1980s. Sam Kaya, who collects videotapes of 80’s and 90’s concerts, uses his own archive for the film.
“Love, Mark and Death” with “Motor” and “Arabic”, the last film in the Sem Kayar trilogy about Turkish popular culture. Revealing that his next project could be Anadolu Rock, Sem Kaya has revealed that he wants to “rest” first.
Negotiations are underway for “Love, Mark and Death”, which will be screened in Germany this summer, as well as in Turkey.
Juliet Consultant / Berlin
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