My Name is Anik
My Name Is Anik • 15m
Dir. Bircan Birol - 2019 - UK
Anik is the only one in the family who can speak Kurdish, the once-forbidden language in Turkey. Since she didn't want her family to suffer as she did, she buried Kurdish in her village 54 years ago, and didn't teach it to anyone in the family. Anik has been forgetting the language since then.
Bircan, her granddaughter, always wanted to learn Kurdish, because she is afraid of loosing her roots completely. So they start a journey to reclaim their mother tongue, and remember all the words Anik has forgotten and all the stories that are unspoken. Will their language journey lead them on an actual one?
"conducted with tetchy humour...language, and culture, don’t stick where you want them to." - The Guardian
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Dir. Bircan Birol - 15min - 2019 - UK
Bircan has decided to learn Kurdish, her once-forbidden mother-tongue, with all the words her grandmother has forgotten and all the stories that have remained unspoken.