Alphaville: Journal of Film and Screen Media


The Fictive Archive: Kurdish Filmmaking in Turkey

Özgür Çiçek


Abstract: In this paper, I consider the potentials and theoretical interpretations of Kurdish Cinema produced in Turkey. I evaluate the dynamics of the emergence of a state-less Kurdish cinema, which produces films in spite of the existence of Turkish National cinema and an oppressive Turkish national identity. Using Hayden White’s formulations on narrative and history and Gilles Deleuze’s theories on minority filmmaking and the time-image, I argue that the conception of time in Kurdish Cinema exceeds the time of the narrative and carries an archival potential for the unrepresented history of Kurdish life in Turkey.


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ISSN 2009-4078

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