Gilgamesh: She Who Saw the Deep, a new film by Anton Vidokle and Pelin Tan, will premiere concurrently at New York Kurdish Film Festival and Kurdisches Filmfestival Berlin.
In New York, the film will screen at the Angelika Theater on October 15, at 2:20pm EST. You can reserve tickets here. Those in Berlin can see the film at fsk Kino on October 15 at 6pm CET. Ticket information can be found here.
Gilgamesh: She Who Saw the Deep
Kurdish and Turkish with English subtitles, 47:12 minutes, 2022
The Epic of Gilgamesh is the oldest literary work discovered to date. Composed in Mesopotamia more than five thousand years ago, it describes the journey of Gilgamesh, the ruler of one of the first historical metropolises: Uruk. Following the death of Enkidu—the best and closest friend—Gilgamesh embarks on a quest to find immortality, so as to avoid meeting the same fate. Part god and part human, Gilgamesh encounters a varied cast of personages, ranging from the Goddess Ishtar and Scorpion people, to Utnapishtim, who, like Noah, saved humanity from the Great Flood by building an arc. Filmed on the banks of the Tigris River, near the ancient cities of Mardin, Hasankeyf, and Dara, the film takes us on a journey through time and space. Inspired by Sumerian cosmology as well as the philosophy of Russian cosmism, and accompanied by an original score by Alva Noto, Gilgamesh: She Who Saw the Deep is a meditation on questions of living, death, friendship, love, and immortality. This film is in Kurdish and Turkish, and features an all-woman cast of actors from the Amed Theater in Diyarbakır.
Film by: Anton Vidokle and Pelin Tan
Featuring: Elvan Koçer, Berfin Emektar, Dijle Güneş Yavuz, Şahperi Alphan Bayhan, Rugeş Kırıcı, Zelal Bakır Turan
Cinematography: Ayman Nahle
Original score by: Alva Noto
Editing: Meggie Schneider
Production management: Yelta Köm