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Run, Leyla, run

Dil Leyla
After 20 years of foreignness, Leyla Imret became mayor in her native city – which is central to the ongoing Turkish-Kurdish conflict.

Filmmaker Asli Özarslan saw Leyla Imret for the first time in a newspaper. Imret had lived in Germany since childhood, but had now returned to his hometown in southeastern Anatolia after 20 years. Back then, she was elected mayor – the youngest in Turkey. Özarslan was at the time looking for a topic for his graduation film. She was captivated by this young, committed woman, and decided to find out who the person Leyla Imret was. What was originally supposed to be a film portrait of a young mayor, however, took an unexpected turn as the political tension grew in connection with the national ones. . .

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Bianca-Olivia Nita
Nita is a freelance journalist and critic for Ny Tid.

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