There is always a noise made about those films you can not wait to watch, there is festival season around the corner and thousand of documentaries, fictional works and others are gonna be lined up to meet the festival deadlines and their production crews will be glad to be part of.
This year’s 1001 Belgesel Film Festival promises to be one interesting festival, that is until they decided it was not longer profitable to see it through, this years festival has been postponed, it might be a little bit about the money or it might be a little bit about the people, but it is such a loss for movies and cinema that it might not longer a¡have another run this year, it is not expected from festivals to cancel with such notice but somehow this year it happened.
Movies are such a vital source for people to empower themselves, there has been key movies that have helped rise a revolution or there is even some movies that helped move a revolution, a movie is such a powerful thing to look at and as a maker it might be a difficult path, it might not feel right sometimes but it such a honest and beautiful job to express whatever concerns we have surrounded by such special thing as a movie, it might capture our feelings, it might capture our way of living it is gonna say whatever we couldn’t say with words, of that I am sure, and it is such a powerful weapon even dictators try to shut movies down if their message does not go along with the one they preach, so it is sometimes impossible to come off clean and winning when such a powerful art like cinema is involved in politics.
Apparently this years festival was not made possible because Turkey is in such uncertain political place that the eyes are set somewhere else rather than movies, so it is almost impossible to get attendees or as a matter to get funds, they are transitioning from a complicated place to another more complicated place, so it was either fund the festival or not do it all together, which ties the organizations hands behind their backs since they believe it is more important than never to have film and cinema present in Turkish people’s lives.
They even said so on the Festival’s webpage, it is a political issue the one that it’s been delaying the festival, they can not meet the peoples expectatives because the funds are not going their way and even if they were, Turkey’s environment is one of uncertainty and doubt, a lot of movie goers have cancelled their participation with the festival since it is such a volatile place to be and at large you could even say that Turkey is not a place to be or to express any form of art right now, so it has been postponed to cater to what it is been intended to do since the beginning, which is bringing cinephiles together and appreciate the work of the movie crew and story, this might not be possible right now and attending the festival will not be a pleasant memory right now, the organizators said that they will definitely make it happen but not for now, they will be waiting for December until the new president arrives so they will be certain where the Festival stands, and we do not blame them, the organizators are also suffering from this, it is not normal to postpone such important festival, but the issues at hand make it that way for now.
The people on the streets are demanding for better things for Turkey’s people they are bringing such violent protest that we can only hope they will be listened, organized mass violence is taking place on the streets, it is not safe for anyone to go out on the street and now, this is one of the few reasons the festival it is withholding itself to wait for a better time to come, this year’s election is making all this possible since it is so uncertain and a lot of people are not happy with the options for a president, people are rising their voices and making themselves be heard by those who refuse to hear.
We are sure that once Turkey finds its peace, the festival is gonna deliver such outstanding, deep and intrinsic projects, they might even talk about the situation they are living right now.