TO COMMEMORATE THE STORY OF JULY 15
Serhat Önder was born and raised in Nuremberg, Germany. He moved to Turkey in the year 2014 and died as a martyr when he went to support the resistance against the coup attempt on July 15 last year. Korkma Oğlum (Don’t Be Afraid, My Son), is being directed by Ekrem Aydın who aims to commemorate Serhat Önder’.
Aydin who is also from Germany expressed that “We knew each other from Germany. Now, I wanted to tell the story of a brother. He is the only martyr who moved from Germany to his homeland. The Turkish Red Crescent said they would support the documentary. They stood by us and now we have completed the project”
The movie was shot in different locations throughout Çankırı, Ankara, Istanbul, Germany, and Syria and aims to present a unique way of storytelling. According to Aydin there will be no third person involved in presenting the story. It will people who were directly involved such as Kerem Kınık, the president of the Turkish Red Crescent Society and his parents and brother telling the story directly to the audience.
He further expressed that this way of storytelling was not used in Turkey before and spoke extensively about the re-enactments of various incidents in which the spectators themselves became actors.
Ekrem Aydin is also the director of the short film “30 Birds”, movie dedicated to July 15 hero Ömer Halisdemir. He further added that he himself could have been part of the resistance had he not been away on business and it was his intention to keep the memories of the July 15 alive through his films.
The music for the movie is composed by Yıldıray Gürgen known for his work in Payitaht Abdülhamid,” “İsimsizler”.
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