New Middle East Cinema, 2015 | Film Festival
Kaan Müjdeci, 2014, 97 min
Sivas is the story of an eleven year old boy (Aslan) and a weathered fighting dog (Sivas) who develop a strong relationship after Aslan finds Sivas wounded in a ditch. Dominating the background is the school play, Snow White and the Seven Dwarves, as Aslan is disappointed in losing the role of the prince to Osman, his rival-in-love and son of the village head.
While Osman gets ahead in the boys’ race to win the hand of Ayse, the “princess” of the village, Aslan tries to impress her with is new-found friend, And Sivas, having found a new lease of life, wins one fight after another, strengthening Aslan’s hand against Osman. However, as Sivas’s success at the fighting ground attracts more attention by the village head, the roles subtly change and Aslan finds himself in an unexpected crash-course into adulthood, leaving the princess behind.
Presenter : Ekin Pinar (Penn, History of Art and Cinema Studies)
The Cinema Studies Program, the Jewish Studies Program, the Middle East Center, and the Near Eastern Languages & Civilizations Department at the University of Pennsylvania, in collaboration with the Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival and International House Philadelphia, present the 2015 edition of NEW MIDDLE EAST CINEMA. Recently released feature films have been selected to represent Middle Eastern societies and cultures through cinema. Each film will be introduced by a presenter with special knowledge of the country, culture, and issues addressed in the film.