German-Turkish auteur Akin (Head-On; The Edge of Heaven), one of the most successful practitioners of transnational cinema, brings his considerable storytelling skills to this documentary account of environmental devastation inflicted on the once-lovely seaside town of Çamburnu. The issue is personal to Akin, whose father’s family hails from the town which in 2007 became the site of a massive garbage landfill that polluted the soil, turned water black, filled the air with an overpowering stench, and triggered a general exodus of the population. Akin tells a harrowing, compelling tale of bureaucratic arrogance, false promises, bland reassurances, and dogged resistance. His beautifully photographed film documents a situation that has parallels in countries around the world.
General admission is $10. MFAH members, senior adults, and students with ID receive a $2 discount.
Watch Fatih Akin discuss the film at the Cannes Film Festival below.