Interview with Filmmaker Kurtulus Ozgen (8 POEMS OF EMIGRATION)

Matthew Toffolo's Summary

8 POEMS OF EMIGRATION played to rave reviews at the May 2020 Documentary Short Film Festival.

Matthew Toffolo: What motivated you to make this film?

Kurtulus Ozgen: Both my grandparent’s families were refugees. They were forced to migrate from Crete Island (Greece) and Kardzhali (Bulgaria) to Anatolia during Balkan Wars (1912-13). As a descendant of such heritage I was bound up with refugee crisis for a long time. I strongly believe that immigration crisis and the troubles of immigrants-refugees evolves to be the one of the deepest ethico-political issues that humanity faces.

2. From the idea to the finished product, how long did it take for you to make this short?

It wasn’t an idea at first. It had been a feeling and an intuition mingling in me for some time. Around February 2019 (once again) from the news we all witnessed the poignant tragedy of children, women and men…

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