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Diyarbakır Prison No. 5, the largest prison of the region has been built after the September 12, 1980 military coup and used as a Martial Law Military Prison between 1980 and 1988. We listen to three women who has witnessed those times. Fatma, living close to the prison; Ayse who had been taken into custody and after that she went there several times to visit her husband; Serdıl who lost her father when he was in prison.
By: Aylin Kızıl, Fatma Çelik, Gülşin Ketenci, Kibar Suvari Bozkuş, Serpil Polat
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Eduard’s story stretches out from Armenia to Istanbul where he is living together with his family as a migrant since ten years. Out of the overly crowded grounds of his kind that nevertheless seem foreign to him – which is Turkey – he whispers the following, ‘Yes, I am living in Turkey now, but by any means, you cannot call that living; I am merely existing. That is because I am a foreigner here. Outside of home, a foreigner will always feel foreign; he will always be longing for home.’
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With Istanbul based Armenian Yetvart Tomasyan’s own words, ‘We are able to successfully hide and protect the ties with our past through the medium of photography. One of these photographs is exceedingly meaningful for us, for my family.’ Saying this, Tomasyan takes a photograph out of his family album and begins to tell us Mardik’s story.

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“the voice has been born out of the water, out of the bird, out of lullabies, out of mothers’ lullabies, out of women’s lullabies; it is nature’s voice... it is the voice of the mountain, the voice of the sea”

Due to censorship on their culture’s history, ‘Ashug and Dengbêj‘ musicians have always carried on their folks’ stories verbally. They struggled against oppression with their  persistence and passion. Ashug Leyli,  and  Dengbêj Gazin started on a journey to vouch for love, peace and friendship, using their voices as a tool. They deliver their memories from generation to generation in order to keep their culture alive and make their struggles known; to revive their memories while talking about them, to revive themselves… In defiance of the ones that want to make them forget, remembering against all odds, making people remember against all odds…
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According to a population census made 140 years ago, 8000 Armenians used to live in Diyarbakır. Today, the only Armenian left in Diyarbakır is Sarkis Eken. He and his deceased wife Bayzar Alata used to live together at the St. Mary Church in Diyarbakir. Now, that Sarkis is left all alone in their house in the church, he claims that the state of loneliness seems to be too hard. He describes the loss of his wife like this, ‘Life is different with a woman at home. As Bayzar was still alive, the door was always opened. Now that door has shut.’
Sarkis Eken is looking out of the doors which have been shut one by one; the doors which got shut and declared nonexistent.
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