Director Aylin Kuryel and Fırat Yücel Turkey 2019

57 min, OV with English subs

Followed by a talk with Aylin Kuryel and Fırat Yücel

Heads and Tails

Heads and Tails chronicles the curious hair trade between Turkey and Israel. Two Turkish-Israeli women, Coya and Sima, get the tails of hair from male hair traders from Turkey and sell them to wig makers in Tel Aviv, Ramat Gan and Bnei Brak.

Orthodox Jewish women cover their heads with the wigs made of the hair once belonged to women from Anatolia. In this journey, the hair is turned into a commodity, a means of living and source of beauty, becomes kosher, yet doesn’t pay much to its owner, the one who carefully grows the hair.

Aylin Kuryel has a PhD degree from Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis (ASCA) at the University of Amsterdam. Currently, she is based in Amsterdam teaching at the University of Amsterdam. She has made art projects/exhibitions and has completed several short documentaries. Among her films are Taboo (Third Prize in !f İstanbul Film Festival, 2008), Aysegul in Rebellion (Third Movie Award in Hrant Dink Foundation Films about Conscience Competition, 2011) and Welcome Lenin (Special Jury Award at Documentarist Film Festival, 2016).

Fırat Yücel is a film critic and a filmmaker. He co-founded Altyazı Monthly Cinema Magazine in 2001, and worked as the magazine’s editor in chief since then. He codirected Only Blockbusters Left Alive (2016), worked as the co-editor of the short documentary Welcome Lenin (2016) and as the co-editor of the medium length documentary Audience Emancipated: The Struggle for the Emek Movie Theater (2016).