2016 | Documentary, Sport, War | 80′
JURI SPECIAL AWARD WITH IF FILM FESTIVAL 2016
SARAJEVO FILM FESTIVAL JURY SPECIAL AWARD 2016
SIYAD BEST DOCUMENTARY 2016
This is the story of a basketball team, hailing from Bağlar, a district of Diyarbakir which lies at the heart of Turkey’s Kurdish conflict. We spend three basketball seasons with this group of young, talented boys and their coach, a 37 year old school teacher. We follow them during their practices, on their bus rides to games, and their pep talks before games. Bağlar subtly reveals the boys’ sensitive ties to their coach, their city, to what’s happening in their region, and to the Turkish state; we simultaneously feel their power and their vulnerability. Right alongside them, we long for a world where, in place of fury, fear and lasting disappointments, life can flourish.
Directed and Produced by: Berke Baş, Melis Birder