The Others


The Kurdish province Van is famous for its unique cats, which are the cultural symbol of the Kurds, Turks and the Armenians. Van was the historical home of the Armenians until 1915 – the year of the genocide. Nowadays all that remains are the ruins of countless churches and a small number of inhabitants with Armenian roots, though most of them are scared to admit this. The 34-year-old Ali speaks openly about his Armenian grandmother Piroze. He accompanies us through the world of theresidents, one that is filled with taboos, distrust and fear. The film tracks down the traces of this cruelhistory and shows that, “the past is never dead, it is not even past.”(W.Faulkner)

Director and Script: Ayşe Polat

Producer: Ayşe Polat, Mehmet Aktaş

DoP:     Meryem Yavuz,  Armin Dierolf

Editor: Eyüp Zana Ekinci

Sound: Mustafa Baydemir

Sounddesign: Florian Tippe

The Others Trailer from Hesp on Vimeo.