The İKSV film festival hosted the “me too” movement, started by women who were harassed by directors and producers in Hollywood, and it spread around the world, especially in the US. The film “A New World Is Born” by director Serhat Yüksekbağ admitted to the competition in the category “National Documentary” of the İKSV Film Festival dedicated to the 41 Violence. We learned that the director of the film A New World Is Born, one of the films selected for the Istanbul Film Festival’s National Documentary Competition, was the perpetrator of a violence that took place in recent years. As İKSV and Istanbul Film Festival, we would like to remind you once again that we stand by the victims of violence against women and the perpetrators in all walks of life and would like to inform you that we have removed the film from the National Documentary Competition and our Program.
“THE BLADE ON MY NECK ENTIRELY”
Designer Gamze K., who was in a relationship with the director for a while, shared her experience on Twitter in 2019. Gamze K.: “We are talking about a man who beat me for almost 3 hours. I don’t even know what a person who previously put a knife to my throat is going to do now. I’ve had this for months. He has no suicide, no fight, no excuse to see if I can come back…” he wrote. Gamze K. was charged with assault and a restraining order was issued against Serhat Yüksekbağ.
SOLIDARITY NETWORK WARNING
According to the information received from Hürriyet, the management of İKSV became aware of the incident through the Susma Bitsin platform, a women-founded solidarity network against harassment in the fields of cinema, television and theatre, and the director’s relationship with the festival was terminated on the basis of the principle “Declaration of women is essential”.
DROPPED THE allegations
On the phone, Serhat Yüksekbağ said: “This is an event that took place in 2018. I did not accept the allegations when it was posted on Twitter in 2019. We later reconciled with the person and didn’t take the case to court. İKSV called me and told me about the allegations. He said they would take my film off the list and said, “The woman’s testimony is essential. I don’t accept the allegations,” he said.
Graduated from Marmara University Faculty of Fine Arts, Serhat Yüksekbağ continues his studies at Atölyealtı Art Collective. In the documentary A New World Is Born, in which Yüksekbağ is a screenwriter and director who also produces in the field of painting and contemporary art, there are interviews with artists who produced between 1968-1980.