Director Cem Kaya Germany 2014

96, OV with English subs

Followed by a talk with Cem Kaya

PLEASE REWIND: Remake, Remix, Rip-Off

In the 1960’s and 70’s, the Turkish film industry “Yeşilçam” was one of the biggest producers of film in the world. TV only slowly became a commodity in Turkish living rooms in the mid 70s, so cinema, together with radio, was the only mass media everyone could afford. Big open air cinemas all over the country showed several movies one after the other. The cinema experience was often connected with having a picnic. Cem Kaya grew up with Yeşilçam movies from Turkish video stores in Germany. His documentary illustrates the origin of copy culture of Turkish filmmakers, starting with Yeşilçam until today's television series. Remake, Remix, Rip-Off was in production for  seven years, a time in which Kaya watched thousands of movies and conducted about a hundred interviews.

Cem Kaya is a documentary filmmaker from Berlin with a quirky interest in found footage. Coming from the field of cultural studies, his films combines humorous storytelling with deep background knowledge. Remake, Remix, Rip-Off was screened at some of the most important international film festivals, including Berlin International Film Festival and FF Locarno.