ONCE UPON A TIME... MUSTANG
A film by Amine Mestari
In a village in today’s rural Turkey, five sisters rebel against their family and an oppressive patriarchal order. The Franco-Turkish filmmaker Deniz Gamze Ergüven directed his debut film Mustang in the aftermath of the 2013 events in Istanbul’s Taksim Square. A sensation at the Cannes Film Festival in 2015 and selected to represent France the following year at the Hollywood Oscars, this impetuous film is particularly topical at a time when the Turkish regime is becoming tougher and Turkish women are victims of retrograde attacks from the religious and conservative authorities. Amine Mestari’s documentary film, the 44th in the collection “A Film and its Era” created by Marie Genin and Serge July, recounts the history of this film, its partly autobiographical character, and through it, the growing tensions between tradition and modernity, between East and West, between secularism and religiosity, between city and countryside, which characterize Turkey’s contemporary society.
Rebroadcast on Arte : the 2nd of September 2020 at 23:40 and the 13th of September 2020 at 05:45
In replay on arte.tv : from the 26th of August 2020 until the 31st of October 2020
The film’s datasheet : here