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It’s a clash of cultures when Anik’s granddaughter comes home to learn Kurdish

The short film My Name Is Anik by the filmmaker Bircan Birol – who was born in Turkey but is now based in Scotland – documents the time she spent in Istanbul trying to learn Kurdish from her grandmother. The endeavour is hardly straightforward, as her grandmother – whose given Kurdish name is Anik but often goes by the Turkified name Belguzar – has a complex relationship with her mother tongue, which evokes poignant and painful memories. Tender and heartfelt, Birol’s short is at once an accomplished work of autobiographical filmmaking and a revealing glimpse into the confluence between language, culture and identity.

Director: Bircan Birol

Producer: Tomás Sheridan

Website: Scottish Documentary Institute

14 December 2020

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