Nervous War on the Border – Yeni Şafak

It is among the immutable rules of history that war is compelling, disturbing, endless, and for simple reasons. Aware of the fine line between starting and continuing a war and self-defense, it is necessary to oppose war. Otherwise, the “oppose all forms of violence” approach is about those who use violence as a method of problem solving. Nuances such as self-defense, defense and struggle for rights are not covered. But in the end, there is no question that whoever makes the war wins, nor whoever is exposed.

Directed by Maryna Er Gorbach

While art coexisted almost contemporaneously with human history, the reality most influenced (and even nurtured) was war. In moving murals from 36,000 years ago,

In hieroglyphs 6,000 years ago, in images a few centuries ago, people are in a battle and are in a state of war using their physical strength. When we get to AD 2022, not much has changed on the human side. There are still wars in different parts of the world. Methods change, the death toll becomes statistics, weapons are used to keep the peace, and a picture emerges in which everyone is absolutely right and everyone is absolutely wrong.


Klondike, directed by Maryna Er Gorbach, is also attracting attention as a short-term reality production that tells of the events in Ukraine. The film, which tells what human greed can lead to, with a woman and the men around her, was one of the most notable productions of the festival season. He won first at the Sundance Film Festival and then at the Berlian Film Festival. On his ongoing festival journey, he now competes at the Istanbul Film Festival and had his Turkey premiere here.

The film’s story, based on the events on the Ukrainian-Russian border in 2014, is female-centric. Pregnant Ira is torn between her husband, who is close to the separatists, and her brother, who is against her. Your house is very close to the border. It is both endangered and useful to all. This is the image of being in-between, of not being able to be of any use to anyone or being or remaining oneself. On July 17, 2014, a passenger plane was shot down near the city besieged by separatist groups. The plane hit by a missile also changes Ira’s life. Because it is clear who shot down the plane and her husband reluctantly helps them. The plane crash has far-reaching implications for the international community. In fact, separatists and integrators in the region are trying to turn the crisis into an opportunity. The only thing left is Ira and her family.


The fact that a pregnant woman, despite all threats, does not leave her home in the midst of war means making the difficult choice in the dilemma that humanity has faced throughout history. The fact that Ira was in the midst of danger while in her stomach and that she did not leave her homeland is almost a description of what is happening in Ukraine these days. Director Gorbach, whose family still lives in Kyiv, emphasizes that all kinds of war are bad, combined with a minute’s silence for Ukrainian resistance to the occupation.

Emphasizing that a pregnant woman’s burden is not only the baby but also the result of the actions of men, the film focuses on the message of femininity and the need for women to prevent the world from becoming an uglier place. In contrast to the murder of men with the feat of strength in the disturbing final scene, it is the woman who keeps life alive despite everything, lives and keeps it alive despite everything and leaves new hopes in the war environment. The film’s stylized and disturbing attitude, while the film’s soft belly is based on clichés where the emphasis on femininity is visible makes the situation interesting. Looking at a house directly exposed to the effects of war and events around it, through the hole opened in the house, shows that the way out of war is indeed in the hands of those who loved the war and the rest of the world Keeping war alive world should not be a spectator.


In the film, in which a repetitive system of movement is established parallel to the style of the story, long and successive camera movements create a calm that requires patience in the form of irony in retrospect of what happened during the war. The film succeeds in doing this, trying to tell a lot in 100 minutes with few people and few places. The director, who said in one of his interviews: “The public shouldn’t enjoy war”, takes risks with a good film in order to preserve the action element that first comes to mind when war dies speech is. Even when a family’s home is almost destroyed, we see that the camera lets the viewer feel the place by describing the place with a smooth and long sliding motion, without distorting the record.

The Russian invasion of Ukraine at the time of the film’s journey to the festival, which tells the story of events in 2014, made the film important for understanding the issue and drew attention to the film wherever it went. One of the functions of art is to narrate or explain the subject it deals with using the reality it creates. Klondike is also doing this successfully in the current environment.

The Story of the Seven Years' War in Ukraine: Klondike


The Story of the Seven Years’ War in Ukraine: Klondike

The war will end, but the painful memories will remain


The war will end, but the painful memories will remain

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