Mustang (2015)

Director: Deniz Gamze Ergüven
Writer: Deniz Gamze Ergüven, Alice Winocour
Cast: Günes Sensoy, Doga Zeynep Doguslu, Tugba Sunguroglu, Elit Iscan, Ilayda Akdogan, Nihal G. Koldas, Ayberk Pekcan, Bahar Kerimoglu, Burak Yigit, Erol Afsin
Seen on: 3.4.2016

Lale (Günes Sensoy) and her sisters Nur (Doga Zeynep Doguslu), Selma (Tugba Sunguroglu), Ece (Elit Iscan) and Sonay (Ilayda Akdogan) have a pretty good childhood. But then one day after school their grandmother (Nihal G. Koldas), who is raising them, greets them with accusations and beatings. The neighbors complained about them, they were behaving improperly and flirted with boys. All of a sudden, their childhood is over. The girls are locked away at home, their education reduced to learning how to be a good wife and all of them are to be married off as soon as possible.

Mustang is a beautiful, touching film that deals with many important issues in a thoughtful manner that doesn’t fail to hit home.

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Kuma (2012)

Director: Umut Dag
Writer: Petra Ladinigg
Cast: Nihal G. Koldas, Begüm Akkaya, Vedat Erincin, Murathan Muslu, Alev Imak, Dilara Karabayir

Fatma (Nihal G. Koldas) is very ill. Worried about her family in case she died, she decided that her husband Mustafa (Vedat Erincin) needs a second wife. So she arranged that Ayse (Begüm Akkaya) can officially marry their son Hasan (Murathan Muslu), so she can come to Austria from Turkey. But the rest of the family, especially Fatma’s older daughters Kezban (Alev Irmak) and Nurcan (Dilara Karabayir), are less than excited about the situation. Not to mention Ayse herself.

Kuma is told from a perspective that is usually rather unaccessible for people outside of the Austro-Turkish community and it is a pretty interesting perspective at that. Unfortunately, it tries to take on a little too much.

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