Award-winning Turkish filmmaker and professor Nefin Dinc will screen The Other Town and then hold a question and answer session on Friday, December 7, at 7:00 p.m. in room 184 of the Radio, TV, Film and Performing Arts Building (RTFP).
Dinc is an Associate Professor at State University of New York at Fredonia. She studied economics at Ankara University. She has a masters in Media and Culture from Strathclyde University, Scotland, as well as an MFA in Documentary Filmmaking from UNT. She has produced five documentaries on Turkey and its surrounding countries. The Other Town is her recent documentary project on Turkish-Greek relationships.
She is also the Project Director of the Youth Filmmaking Project in Turkey which is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State and teaches young Turkish students how to make short films.
The Other Town asks a couple questions: Why do neighbors fight? Why do citizens of Greece and Turkey experience mutual dislike and distrust? Decades after the Greco-Turkish War ended -- the last armed conflict between Greece and Turkey -- and almost two centuries after the Greek Revolution against the Ottoman Empire, citizens of both countries see each other as enemies. Greek and Turkish people of all ages are caught in a web of stereotypes that hampers the progress of bilateral relations between their countries.
Dinc teamed up with award-winning Greek writer Hercules Millas to produce this insightful, and often funny, documentary about the mutual contempt between the locals of two towns: Dimitsana in the Peloponnese region of Greece and Birgi in western Turkey. Through candid interviews with young students and senior citizens, the film explores the ways in which hostile relations between the people of Greece and Turkey exist not so much due to their turbulent past history, but due to contemporary nationalistic mentalities and education.
The documentary has won the Audience Award at the 13th Thessaloniki Documentary Film Festival in Greece and Best Historical Documentary at the 2nd Annual Greek Film Fest in Chicago. The Other Town has been screened in Greece, Turkey, Armenia, Croatia, the United States, and Thailand.