Shakespeare's King Lear, travelling on dusty and dangerous roads to the remotest forgotten villages in the mountains of Turkey, where even drinking water hardly reaches, turns delicately into Queen Lear in the hands of a peasant-women theatre group.
In the early 2000s, a handful of peasant women from the mountains of southern Turkey formed a theatre group, which later became the subject of the documentary, The Play. The women acted out their own life stories in the village, and the play changed their lives. Now, they take to the road with an adaptation of Shakespeare’s King Lear, traveling the dusty, dangerous roads to the farthest-flung mountain villages where there isn’t even running water. On the road, their lives merge with the world of King Lear and become bound up with "the good and the bad", "the young and the old", "the rich and the poor", "the honest and the dishonest" of the play.
Dir. Pelin Esmer - 84min - 2019 - Turkey
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