2019, Turkey, 84’, Dir. Pelin Esmer, Turkish / English subtitles
In the beginning of the 2000s, a handful of village women in the Taurus Mountains founded a theatre group. In Pelin Esmer’s earlier documentary, “The Play” (Oyun), we followed these women on their theatrical adventures, as they took their lives onto the stage, transforming themselves in the process. In this, Esmer’s latest, award-winning documentary, the same performers head out on tour, taking Shakespeare’s King Lear to makeshift stages in remote mountain villages that have a hard enough time accessing water, let alone theatre. As they wind their way along the dusty mountain roads, the world of these women become intertwined with the world of King Lear: Good and Bad, Young and Old, Rich and Poor, True and False – escape from Shakespeare’s script into the real world.