Year 2020, Volume 6 , Issue 1, Pages 70 - 78 2020-01-25

Silent Representation of Kurdish Identity in Cinema Through "Sarmaşık (Ivy)"
Silent Representation of Kurdish Identity in Cinema through "Sarmaşık (Ivy)"

Şenay TANRIVERMİŞ [1]


All this – all the meanness and agony without end

I sitting look out upon

See, hear and am silent.

  -Walt Whitman, “I Sit and Look” (Genius, 2018).

 

Kurdish people have constituted a significant part of Turkish society for some time but with some cultural and linguistic differences. This study focuses on the symbolic representation of Kurds in Turkish cinema through a close reading of the movie Sarmaşık in order to reveal how and to what limits the movie touches upon different forms of verbal and sound control imposed. It analyzes how Kurdish identity is constructed in film. By embodying the silence of Kurds, the film Sarmaşık brings to light the existing Kurdish situation in Turkey. It also emphasizes minority identities through its theme of silence. 

All this – all the meanness and agony without end

I sitting look out upon

See, hear and am silent.

Walt Whitman, ‘I Sit and Look’(Genius, 2018).

 

Kurdish people constitute a significant part of the Turkish society for ages with some cultural and linguistic differences. This article focuses on the symbolic representation of Kurds in Turkish cinema through a close reading of the movie Sarmaşık (Ivy) in order to reveal how and at what limits the movie touches upon different forms of verbal and sound control imposed over them. Mainstream media portrays Kurds speaking Turkish with a heavy and funny accent. This tradition has changed by independent movies and at least they become visible in different types of silence. As a movie, one of the themes Sarmaşık discusses is the silence of Kurds and the role of discrimination process again by using and recreating the concrete silence. On the other hand this movie reveals how this silence provoke anxiety of majority towards minority identities, especially towards Kurds in last decades. The movie also stimulates a very important reality that losing a useful and functional part of a society is a severe lost that most people are not even aware of, and that they notice it in fear and with sorrow only after losing it.

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Primary Language en
Subjects Social
Journal Section Makaleler
Authors

Orcid: 0000-0003-1311-9767
Author: Şenay TANRIVERMİŞ (Primary Author)
Institution: HALİÇ ÜNİVERSİTESİ, FEN-EDEBİYAT FAKÜLTESİ
Country: Turkey


Dates

Publication Date : January 25, 2020

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APA TANRIVERMİŞ, Ş . (2020). Silent Representation of Kurdish Identity in Cinema through "Sarmaşık (Ivy)". International Journal of Kurdish Studies , 6 (1) , 70-78 . DOI: 10.21600/ijoks.632527
MLA TANRIVERMİŞ, Ş . "Silent Representation of Kurdish Identity in Cinema through "Sarmaşık (Ivy)"". International Journal of Kurdish Studies 6 (2020 ): 70-78 <http://ijoks.com/en/issue/50854/632527>
Chicago TANRIVERMİŞ, Ş . "Silent Representation of Kurdish Identity in Cinema through "Sarmaşık (Ivy)"". International Journal of Kurdish Studies 6 (2020 ): 70-78
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ISNAD TANRIVERMİŞ, Şenay . "Silent Representation of Kurdish Identity in Cinema through "Sarmaşık (Ivy)"". International Journal of Kurdish Studies 6 / 1 (January 2020): 70-78 . https://doi.org/10.21600/ijoks.632527
AMA TANRIVERMİŞ Ş . Silent Representation of Kurdish Identity in Cinema through "Sarmaşık (Ivy)". International Journal of Kurdish Studies. 2020; 6(1): 70-78.
Vancouver TANRIVERMİŞ Ş . Silent Representation of Kurdish Identity in Cinema through "Sarmaşık (Ivy)". International Journal of Kurdish Studies. 2020; 6(1): 78-70.