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Between Delicate and Violent

Between Delicate and Violent

Zarafet ve şiddet arasında
Şirin Bahar Demirel
Turkey
2023
15 min
World Premiere
IDFA Competition for Short Documentary
Synopsis

Artists call it “hand memory,” knowledge that isn’t stored in the brain but in the body, and is activated when you start painting, sculpting or drawing. Şirin Bahar Demirel sets out to get an understanding of it. She wonders what memories are passed on through the hands, and whether we can read the aggressive nature of a painter from their brushwork, or the desires of a textile artist from their embroidery.

Demirel’s journey of discovery along the boundaries between knowing, remembering and creating is an experimental blend of staged film, archive footage and animation. Photos from her own family album play a central role. They are also stores of remembrance, but certain memories—of domestic violence and the trauma that it leaves festering for generations—have been left out of the album. By editing the photos and bringing them to life, the filmmaker endeavors to tap into the underlying invisible layers.

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Credits
15 min
color
DCP
Spoken languages: Turkish
Director
    Şirin Bahar Demirel
    Şirin Bahar Demirel
Production
    Bilsart
    Bilsart
Cinematography
    Şirin Bahar Demirel
    Şirin Bahar Demirel
Animation
    Şirin Bahar Demirel
    Şirin Bahar Demirel
Editing
    Şirin Bahar Demirel
    Şirin Bahar Demirel
Sound
    Onur Kahraman
    Onur Kahraman
Sound Design
    Onur Kahraman
    Onur Kahraman
Music
    Onur Kahraman
    Onur Kahraman
Screenplay
    Şirin Bahar Demirel
    Şirin Bahar Demirel
Screening copy
    Şirin Bahar Demirel
    Şirin Bahar Demirel

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