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YOU NAME IT

Type: Full-length documentary

Genre: Documentary

Year: 2019

Country: USA, Turkey

Language: English

Duration: 86 min

Production: HASAN DEMIRTAS

Director: Hasan Demirtas

Screenplay: Hasan Demirtas

Producers: Hasan Demirtas

Operator: Hasan Demirtas

Music: Shivan Perver and Leila Chaker

HASAN DEMIRTAS

Hasan Demirtas was born in Mardin in 1990, Turkey. He received his BA from Marmara University in Istanbul. His short films deal with themes of immigration, borders and refugees in the Middle East. These films have participated in many international film festivals and received prestigious awards. In particular, the film "Carry My Voice" (2017) participated in the 71st Cannes Film Festival (France 2018), the Oscar-selected Film Festival, the 42nd Atlanta Film Festival (USA 2018) and others. Demirtas graduated from the Department of Documentary Media at Northwestern University in the United States. “You Name It” (2019) is his first feature-length documentary, which has also participated in many film festivals, including the Florida Film Festival in the United States.

ABOUT THE FILM

The film tells about three main stories of genocide in the world. John Sestre is a 67 year old Jewish artist born in Chicago. His stepfather escaped the Armenian Genocide after 1915 and went to the United States. Ellen is John's wife, whose family of her grandmother survived the Holocaust. Kurd Alan, his three sisters and his father were living in Halabja in Kurdistan when Saddam's planes attacked the city on March 16, 1988. All three stories are different, but they are united by one word - "genocide".

AWARDS AND NOMINATIONS:

  • Treasure Coast International Film Festival 2020 - Official Selection

  • Collected Voices Film Festival 2020 - Best Feature Film Documentary

  • The International Film and Television Festival SIMFEST 2020 - Official Selection