2020, Turkey, 8’23, Dir. Mehmet İsmail Çeçen, Turkish / English subtitles
When the controversial Ilısu Dam was finally completed, some in the region benefited from the hydroelectricity being produced, while others, including the residents of the 12,000-year-old village of Hasankeyf, found their homes underwater. The flooding affected not only the living, but the dead as well. Mourning tells the story of a young man who, with the help of his 10-year-old son, moves his father’s bones from the cemetery of a partly submerged Hasankeyf. As they travel up the Botan River on a cold and snowy day, they gaze at the places they had known all their lives but would never see again. This eight-minute film by the young director Mehmet Ismail Çeçen was awarded Best Film at the Ankara-based 10th European Union Human Rights Film Competition in 2020.