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GIFFONI FILM FESTIVAL 2018 - 20.28 july

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Category: Edition 2018

Gaza is a 14-year-old boy who lives on the Aegean coast of Turkey. Together with his domineering father, he helps smuggle refugees to Europe, giving them temporary shelter and scant food until they attempt their crossing. Gaza dreams of escaping this life of crime, but can’t help being drawn into a dark world of immorality, exploitation and human suffering. Can you avoid becoming a monster when you’ve been raised by one?

Original Title DAHA
Category Official Competition
Section Generator +13
Tipology Feature Film
Duration 115'
Production Year 2017
Nationality Turkey
Directed by Onur Saylak
Screenplay Onur Saylak, Dogur Yasar Akal
Based on the book "Daha"
by Hakan Gunday
Director of photography Feza Çaldiran
Editor Ali Aga
Music Uygur Yigit
Main cast Ahmet Mümtaz Taylan
Hayat Van Eck
Turgut Tuncalp
Tankut Yildiz
Tuba Büyüküstün
Kagan Uluca
Ahmet Melih Yilmaz
Ugur Arslan
Produced by Kerem Çatay

 regista Onur SaylakONUR SAYLAK
Onur was born in Ankara in 1977. He graduated from Bilkent University Performing Arts Department ‘Skill of Acting’. He also studied Physics and Political Science. After he graduated from university, he performed theatre and cinema. MORE is his directorial debut.

Director's statement
Gaza’s story starts with a simple question: what is the primary tool that human beings used? Yet, no question is simple for a boy like Gaza, who in such an early age, had to turn into a human trafficker. In this brutal reality people are just objects. Unexceptional objects that need to be carried from one place in the world to another. Neither do they have a name nor a past. Neither do they have feeling nor dreams. Therefore, Gaza discovered the answer of the very first question just when he was a boy: “the primary tool that human beings used was another human being”. And the value of that tool, changes from era to era… Of course the same applies in Gaza’s case. There is also someone who takes advantage of him: his father Ahad, Gaza’s owner…


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