OYUNTHE PLAY

Pelin Esmer
Turkey 2005 | 70 Min. | BetaSP, OmeU

Nine women from a Turk­ish vil­lage in the Taurus Moun­tains tell about their lives. About fathers who would have pre­ferred a son and who object to a higher edu­ca­tion for their daugh­ters; about moth­ers who have to juggle work in the fields, house­hold duties and par­ent­ing and whose hus­bands commit adul­tery. The women tell about forced mar­riages and attempts to escape; about unwrit­ten laws that so far no gen­er­a­tion has had power to break. “I wish it was a lie, but it’s all true”, one of the women sums up the sto­ries. In order to break the silence these women get togeth­er and write a piece of drama, “The Wom­en’s Outcry”, based on their life expe­ri­ences. They rehearse under the con­duct of the local school direc­tor and work long nights under the curi­ous gazes of the vil­lage men. In the course of the rehearsals the women devel­op a grow­ing charis­ma and self-con­fi­dence. Nev­er­the­less, there are dis­putes and the pre­miere in the vil­lage seems doomed to fail. In a per­cep­tive and unob­tru­sive way, Istan­bul-born direc­tor Pelin Esmer (*1972) accom­pa­nies the troup of ama­teur actress­es on their path to the play’s pre­miere in the vil­lage.