Monday, March 27, 6:30pm,
Belk Gym, Room 201, UNC Charlotte Main Campus
Director Dr. Eylem Atakav
Turkey, 2016, screening and Q&A lasts 90 minutes
English, Turkish with English subtitles
Presented by UNC Charlotte’s Office of International Programs as an extension of UNC Charlotte’s International Women’s Day Celebration.
Additional sponsors are the Multicultural Resource Center, the UNC Charlotte Department of Languages and Culture Studies, and the UNC Charlotte Women’s and Gender Studies Program.
Introduction and discussion by film director, Dr. Eylem Atakav. Dr Atakav is Senior Lecturer in Film and Television Studies at the University of East Anglia where she teaches courses on women and film; women, Islam and media; and Middle Eastern media. She is the author of Women and Turkish Cinema: Gender Politics, Cultural Identity and Representation (2012) and editor of Directory of World Cinema: Turkey (Intellect, 2013). Growing Up Married is her first exposure to filmmaking. She is currently co-leading an Arts and Humanities Research Council-funded project entitled British [Muslim] Values.
Growing Up Married is a documentary which focuses on the stories of child brides recollecting their memories as adults. It explores what happens after child marriage by focusing on the stories of four women, and making their experiences visible, while contributing to debates around this significant, complex and emotionally charged human rights issue which has often been discursively silenced.
“The film avoids the cliche of filming one of the weddings, focusing instead on the emotional and psychological dimensions of the relationships from the women’s perspective” – Miriam Kent, The F-word: Contemporary UK Feminism
Here are some of the comments from other academics, journalists and filmmakers who previewed the documentary:
“Absorbing, shocking and beautiful all at once!”
“These women’s stories really make everything else in the room stop.”
“Very moving, incredibly powerful, and beautifully shot”
“Its straightforward simplicity with space for the women to speak makes the film so powerful”