German-Turkish auteur Akin (Head-On, The Edge of Heaven), one of the most successful practitioners of transnational cinema, brings his considerable storytelling skills to this documentary account of environmental devastation inflicted on the once-lovely seaside town of Çamburnu. The issue is personal to Akin, whose father's family hails from the town which in 2007 became the site of a massive garbage landfill that polluted the soil, turned water black, filled the air with an overpowering stench and triggered a general exodus of the population.
Akin tells a harrowing, compelling tale of bureaucratic arrogance, false promises, bland reassurances and dogged resistance. His beautifully photographed film documents a situation that has parallels in countries around the world.
Watch Fatih Akin discuss the film at the Cannes Film Festival below:
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