Fatma Of The Forest

Fatma of the Forest Director: Suha Arin
Assistant Director and Editor: Nesli Colgecen, Cemal Karman, Kemal Sevimli, Yalcin Yelence
Director of Photography: Hasan Ozgen
Camera: Savas Guvezne
Music Arrangement: Mehmet Erenler, Nevit Kodalli
Format: 35 mm Film
Duration: 28 min.
Production Year: 1979

"Fatma of the Forest" documentary, screened in 1979, International Year of Children, reflects life, longings and a major "fear" in her subconscious of an 12-years old "woodcutter" girl living under very hard conditions in the forests of Toros Mountains at an altitude of approximately 2000 mt.

The documentary, aiming to symbolize a little-known but common practice of child labour with Fatma, accomplishes a dramatic portrayal of laborers who work for Ministry of Forestry in works of lumbering and logging, totally deprived of social security.

In the documentary, alongside with the daily lives of the woodcutters, Semah Dance, one of the most important elements of the folklore of woodcutters, is the final act. The Semah Dance symbolizes a "resistance" that was started about 400 year ago by the famous folk poet Pîr Sultan Abdal.

Fatma of the Forest has won First Prize in The International 3rd Balkan Film Festival (1979), International Damascus Film Festival Silver Sword Award (1979), Antalya Film Festival Golden Orange Award (1979) and First Prize in The Short Film Competition of Turkey Ministry of Culture (1979).

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