During the Second World War, a considerable number of German intellectuals emigrated to Turkey at the invitation of Atatürk and went on to definitively shape teaching and instruction in Turkish universities. Turkish-born filmmaker Önsöz accompanies the descendants and students of these German exiles and sheds light on a memorable piece of history whose meaning is still felt to this day, as these renowned Germans played a substantial role in the Europeanization of Turkey. And at the same time ask what remains of their legacy given that the Turkey of today reflects a visible reversal of Atatürk’s reforms.
Written and Directed by: Eren ÖnsözProduced by: Erik Winker, Martin Roelly, Andreas BrauerSponsored by: A HUPE Film production in co-production with Mamoko Entertainment, funded by Film- und Medienstiftung NRW and BKMLanguage: German and Turkish with English subtitles
"Haymatloz" is a beautiful film, directed with a great sense of timing and superb cinematography, with a strong political focus towards the end: