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Heroines Hatun

Only one woman
Regissør: Sherry Hormann

DEADLY BATTLE OF INDEPENDENCE / The German docu-drama Nur eine Frau portrays Hatun Sürücü's fateful struggle for independence and ends with her brother's honor killing.


Only one woman (A Regular Woman) is about the 23 year old German-Turkish-Kurdish Hatun Sürücü, as 7. February 2005 is honored by brother Ayhan Sürücü with three shots to the head of a bus stop near his apartment in the Tempelhof in Berlin. 14. February 2005, three of her five brothers are designated as perpetrators and arrested.

14. September 2005 admits the youngest brother Ayhan killed and must serve a minimum sentence of nine years and three months. The brothers applaud as the verdict is handed down; since Ayhan is only 18 when he kills his sister, he can be sentenced to a maximum of ten years in prison. Then he is released 4. July 2014, he is immediately deported from Germany to Turkey.

The Sürücü family are conservative Muslims from Erzurum in Turkey, with Kurdish roots, living in Kreuzberg, Berlin. They belong to the collectivist and patriarchal family system with strict religious values. 16 years old, Hatun is forcibly married to her cousin in Istanbul. Together they get their son Can ("life" in Turkish). With Can in her arms, she escapes from the violent husband to the family in Kreuzberg. Her parents condemn her for having escaped, and she will have to move into a residence for single mothers along with her little boy.

warrior woman

Hatun's release begins with her going to a nightclub. In a magical nightclub scene with vibrant music, she lets the hijab fall. She also goes to school to become an electrician (in March 2005, a month after she was killed, she could have completed her studies). Eventually she gets the German girlfriend Tim, who also becomes a loving stepfather for Can. Together, they live an independent and free life – something Hatun's family strongly dislikes.

The documentary style reinforces Hatun's presence and creates a closeness between her and the spectator.

She tries to resolve the conflict with the family by inviting them to her home, but it turns out to have the opposite effect. She seeks support from Tim, but eventually it becomes too much for him and he has to break the relationship. Again, Hatun is all alone with his son.

Only one Frau Director Sherry Hormann

German director Sherry Hormann says of Hatun: "Although she gets a lot of resistance and the circumstances are extremely demanding, she finds a way to believe in the strength itself. She is a warrior. ”Together with producer Sandra Maischberger and German-Turkish protagonist Amila Bagrıaçık, she portrays Hatun as a heroine, and not as a victim. Hatun insists on living an independent life and is punished for it by death – she is nothing less than a heroine.

Since the murder of Hatun, his son Can lives with foster parents in Berlin. Sister Arzu is applying for the right of care for him in the Tempelhof District Court, but the District Court rejects the application eight months after the application was filed. Arzu appeals the rejection, but also the appeal is rejected.

Live on

The film contains documentary tools such as photographs and still images of the staged action. In between the scenes come photographs and home videos of the real Hatun, as a moment of silence and remembrance. The documentary style reinforces Hatun's presence and creates a closeness between her and the spectator.

The film gives a clear voice to Hatun and all other women who have been abused, domestic violence, forced marriage and honor killings. Her legacy lives on, and every year she is celebrated by activists and women advocates on the day and place she was killed. We shall never forget Hatun!

Pinar Ciftci
Pinar Ciftci
Ciftci is a journalist and actor.

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