Hasankeyf, a small town in the southeast of Turkey, is destined to disappear under water due to the construction of the Ilısu Dam, part of the GAP, a major system of dams and hydroelectric plants planned by the Turkish government.
With the GAP, Turkey will control the water flow of the Tigris and Euphrates in direction of Syria and Iraq. Also, the Turkish government wants to achieve an assimilation of the south-east Kurdish regions with the central state. This assimilation is made throughout an economic and social transformation and the submersion of the local identity.
"Motel Hasankeyf" enquires the life of 4 women living in this city and gives voice to their thoughts and fears, often unexpressed and confined within the house's walls.
A documentary by Valeria Mazzucchi ● Photography and editing by Tareq Daoud ● Sound Mixing Metin Buzkurt ● Colour Correction Ali Umut Ergin ● Fixer and Translator Arîn Adar ● Music The Black Heidies ●
27 min ● Turkish and Kurdish with English subtitles ● 2015