A Film by Reha Erdem
DVD9 | VIDEO_TS | PAL 16:9 | 01:56:38 | 6,24 Gb
Audio: Turkish AC3 5.1/2.0 @ 448/192 Kbps | Subs: English, German, French, Turkish
JÎN - named after its teenaged protagonist - is a kind of guerrilla travelogue set in southeastern Turkey, where Kurdish separatists wage a chronic, low-level (but lethal enough) war of independence against Erdogan’s iteration of the Turkish state. But it becomes a good deal more than that when Jîn strikes out into the forest alone, feeling constrained by her community of rebels and seeking to establish an identity of her own. As Jîn develops an empathic relationship with her environment by forming bonds with the creatures of the forest, the film takes on a hushed, almost magical quality that may remind some viewers of Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s work. Consistently absorbing, at times even transfixing, JÎN brings a poetic intensity to its study of the self in nature, and the nature of war.