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Human Rights in Cinema Competition
OMAR AND US
OMAR VE BİZ
- Director: Maryna Gorbach Er, Mehmet Bahadır Er
- Turkey / 2019 / H264 / Colour / 104’ / Turkish, Arabic; English s.t.
- Screenplay: Mehmet Bahadır Er
- Director of Photography: Aydın Sarıoğlu
- Editing: Maryna Gorbach Er, Aziz İmamoğlu
- Cast: Cem Bender, Taj Sher Yakub, Menderes Samancılar, Hala Alasayesneh, Ushan Çakır, Uygar Tamer
- Producer: Mehmet Bahadır Er
- World Sales: Protim V.P
2020 İstanbul Human Rights in Cinema Award
2020 Arpa (Los Angeles) Best Feature, Best Feature Director
2020 Arlington Best Narrative Feature
2020 Harlem Best World Film
2020 Desertscape (Utah) Best Narrative Feature
2020 Ankara Best Editing
2020 Kazan Best Director, Best Actor
2020 Santa Cruz Best Film
2020 Fantasporto Best Actor (C. Bender)
2019 Warsaw Ecumenical Jury–Best Film
2019 Kayseri Best Film, Best Director
2019 Malatya Best Screenplay, Audience Jury–Best Film
2019 Antakya Best Actor (C. Bender)
İsmet is a retired Turkish soldier, who had been on duty at the border as a Commander of the Coast Guard until he has recently retired. Now as a civilian, he struggles to communicate with his family and people around him. Estranged, his only son has left for the USA, and now, his wife wants to join him, too. After coincidentally becoming neighbours with two Syrian refugees (Omar and Mariye) at his house near the Turkish-Greek border and the humane experience he has to go through, he now has to confront his prejudices and political view. Professional actors Taj Sher Yakub (Omar) and Hala Alsayasneh (Mariye) starring in this movie are two Syrian refugees who live in Turkey under temporary immigration status.
*Suitable for audiences aged 7 or older.
This film was a Meetings on the Bridge participant.