Avdel feeds his family with the salary of the donkey Bozo who works in the sanitation service of the city of Mardin in Turkey. It also houses his nephew Salih, who fled Syria. When the “old Bozo” is retired by the municipality, Avdel must find a younger donkey to keep his job. To help his uncle, Salih crosses the Syrian border to bring back his own donkey, which he had to leave because of the war. But to accomplish this mission, he must cross the minefields.
Barê Giran (The Heavy Burden)
by Yılmaz Özdil
Yılmaz Özdil is a Kurdish film director born in Hakkari (1979), in eastern Turkey. He did his master’s degree at the Paris 1 Panthéon Sorbonne University on the geopolitical border treatment in Kurdish cinema. In 2013 he defended his PhD dissertation entitled “The Visual Construction of Kurdish Identities in Cinema” at the University Paris 3 Sorbonne Nouvelle. From 2003 to 2014, he directed several documentary films and also worked as assistant director in several Kurdish films shot in Turkey, Iraqi Kurdistan and France, notably with Yılmaz Erdoğan and Hiner Saleem. He is currently working at Mardin Artuklu University as an assistant professor teaching Kurdish cinema and the representation of the Kurds in cinema. Barê Giran is his first fiction film as a director.