Synopsis: Turkey's first Kurdish language newspaper is under siege. After exposing human rights abuses in Diyarbakır, the journalists become the target of increasingly ruthless government-sanctioned intimidation.
Genre: Drama, History
Director(s): Sedat Yilmaz
  9 wins & 1 nomination.
100 min

Diyarbakr, in the early 1990's.


- Good morning, Frat.

- Good morning, Mr. Hasan.

Get off me!

- Shout all you want!

- Get off me!

Istanbul didn't get the

photos we sent again.

Mr. Hasan this time I even sent

them registered mail to make sure...

Maybe we should use a

different post office?

What's the difference? Mail goes through

the central post office anyway.

Photos of unimportant stories

reach Istanbul with no problem...

...but the photos of important stories

doesn't, Frat. You understand?

What if we sent them

by courier, Mr. Hasan?

Maybe, but soon they'll have

them under their control, too.

Then we're back to where we

started. I have another idea.

We'll send them on the buses going

to Istanbul. Buses are both harder...

...for them to control and

cheaper than couriers.

You're right. And I know a guy who's a

bus attendant... and he is a patriot.

Good thinking, Frat.

You are all smoking so we

can get down to business.

Songl, where's Kadir?

He didn't call to say

he'd be late.

Anyhow, let's begin. We'll add

his stories when he comes.

Yes Songl, what do you have today?

Political prisoners have decided to stage

a hunger strike. I'll interview the families.

Forget about that, Faysal, I

havejust the story for you!

What now? Well there goes

the day. What is it?

A missing person case in Yksekova.

You want me to go to Yksekova

for that! Give it to our office there.

The kidnapped kid's from a ruling family

in Yksekova, but not even patriots.

How come?

Then how did it happen?

Well... Not much is known. That's

all the information I could get.

This case is not like the others.

It might worth looking into.


You can't walk or what?

Move it!


Kadir I know you're not like the others.

So I'm telling you this as a friend...

Hey are you listening?

You're educated, you didn't

grow up around here,...

...there are no Kurdish

separatists in your family.

Give this job up before it's too late.

Go find another paper.

We'll even help you.

Selam Aleikum, Dino.

Aleikum Selam, my son.

Come in, sit and have some tea.

Thank you, Dino but I haven't finished

delivering the papers. Maybe later.

- How are the sales?

- Fine, fine...

But those jackals start breathing down

my neck once I put out your papers.

They threatened Sleyman, said they'd

burn his stand if he sold our paper.

- So I heard.

- They'll come to you too,Dino.

Let them come... What can they do?

Hover over me everyday?

Tie up my hands so I don't sell the

paper? The don't scare me.

Listen tough guy, as long as

you work for that paper... are no different to me than

PKK terrorists in the mountains.

What does this have to do with

terrorists? We're journalists.

F*ck journalists like you!

So how long have calan's bastards

been working as journalists?

What we do is journalism,

no one can prove...

Take that! Do you want proof?

You want proof? Here!

Are you afraid to die?

Answer me, you f*ck!

Are you afraid to die?

Listen big guy, if this is your job,

don't be afraid to die...

Mevlt, two copies each.

It's very urgent...

Everything you guys do is urgent.

Why two copies this time?

It's none of your business.

These have to get there.

Please be careful with them.

Don't worry, heval! Nothing to worry

about. They're safe with us now.

See you later.

This is to be faxed to Istanbul.

What's happening with the

union story? Is it done?

I did an interview with the union. It'll

be done once I write up the transcript.

- You still haven't heard from Kadir?

- I called this morning but he was out.

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