Grand Prix, Traces de Vies, Clermont-Ferrand, France / Award of French Film et Documentary audience award, International Film Festival , Belfort, France / Best Film, Forumdoc, Belo Horizonte, Brésil / Special Jury Award, Women’s International Film festival, Rio de Janeiro, Brésil

The Kurdish lover is Oktay, a man of Kurdish origin with whom I share my life. We have been drifting through a devastated region brought to a standstill by war and economic misery. How do people manage to co-exist in this place? This is the question posed by the film.

Here we live in close proximity to one another, in a tightly woven network of geographical and social ties. Loving someone can become confused with having a hold over them. It is with an often black humour that the characters
featured in this film find ways, within their community, to affirm that they truly exist.

A shaman goes into trance in front of the television, sex-starved hermit dreams of marriage, a ewe is sacrificed and eaten, an old woman prevents her daughter-in-law from learning to read, a shepherdess lives at the top of the mountain and would like to return to the valley, the military watch over the village, a man who came from Europe goes off to request the hand in marriage of a young girl living with her mother.

It is through these situations that we discover the reality of families doing what they can to find a way of living together, to take the best – or the worst – from each moment.

Director : Clarisse Hahn - 2011 - France - Finland - 98 minutes
Producer : 24images - Les Films du Présent - Avanton Productions - Broadcaster : LMTV - YLE - Distribution : Nour Films


    • Festival des films du Monde 2010, Montréal, Canada (International premiere)
    • Rencontres du Cinéma Documentaire, Montreuil, France
    • Independent Documentary Film Festival, Ljubljana, Slovenia
    • Quintessence, Festival International du Film, Ouidah, Bénin
    • Film Meeting, Bergame, Italy
    • Film Middle East Now, Florence, Italy
    • Cinéma du Réel, Paris, France
    • International Documentary Festival, London, United-Kingdom
    • Festival de films documentaires, Lasalle, France
    • Open City Documentary Film Festival, London, United-Kingdom
    • International Festival of Ethnological Film, Belgrade, Serbia
    • Flahertiana International Documentary Film Festival, Perm, Russia
    • International Festival of Archaeological Film, Roverto, Italy