The Heavy Burden

Short Film | 17:00 min | Turkey

Synopsis

Hosted by his uncle in Turkey, a young Kurd from Syria decides to return to his country to bring back his young donkey to replace his uncle’s old donkey recently “retired” by the municipality of the city.

Director

Yılmaz Özdil is a Kurdish film director born in Hakkari (1979), in eastern Turkey. He did his master’s degree at the Paris 1 Panthéon Sorbonne University on the geopolitical border treatment in Kurdish cinema. In 2013 he defended his PhD dissertation entitled “The Visual Construction of Kurdish Identities in Cinema” at the University Paris 3 Sorbonne Nouvelle. From 2003 to 2014, he directed several documentary films and also worked as assistant director in several Kurdish films shot in Turkey, Iraqi Kurdistan and France, notably with Yılmaz Erdoğan and Hiner Saleem. He is currently working at Mardin Artuklu University as an assistant professor teaching Kurdish cinema and the representation of the Kurds in cinema.

  • Yilmaz Özdil
    Director
  • Yilmaz Özdil
    Writer
  • Yilmaz Özdil
    Producer