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Araf is an essayistic road movie and diary of a ghostly character, Nayia, who travels between Srebrenica and Sarajevo to Mostar in Bosnia. She has been in exile since the war and returns for the 22nd memorial of the Srebrenica genocide. The film is guided by her diary notes of the journey which merge with the myth of Daedalus and Icarus – Icarus being the name given to the winner of a bridge diving competition in her home country. The story of Icarus and Daedalus, a myth symbolic of man’s over-ambition and inevitable failure, is weaved throughout the film as a way to think about exorcizing the vicious cycle of such events happening in the future and of a possible reconciliation. Nayia also thinks of Icarus from a different perspective, that of seeing the optimism of such a leap, his braveness of taking a leap into the unknown in this era of radical instability, that perhaps, Icarus wanted to write a different narrative. Araf thus traces these paradoxes through Nayia’s displacement and her return to her home country post-war – that of a constant terror and a permanent standstill, and the friction between displacement and permanence.

Director Didem Pekün

Screenplay Didem Pekün

Director of Photography Petros Nousias, gsc

Editor Didem Pekün

Cast Dino Bajric

Music Ellen Arkbro, Elena kakaliagou & Ingrid Schmoliner

Sound Theofilos Botonakis, Fatih Ragbet & Eli Haligua

Producer Didem Pekün & locus athens (Maria-Thalia Carras & Olga Hatzidaki)

Colour (Colour, Black and White or Both) Black and White

Language English

With the kind support of SAHA, Locus AThens, Yeni Film Fonu


2018    43 Minutes    Essay Film    Turkey / Greece / Bosnia & Herzegovina

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