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Dying To Divorce  2021
Director:  Chloe Fairweather
Producer:
  Chloe Fairweather and Sinead Kiran, with Seda Gokce and Ozge Sebzeci
Editor:
  Andrea Cuadrado and Paul Dosaj
Music:
  Andy Cowton
Director of Photography:
  Lilia Sellami
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Cast:
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Synopsis:
In Turkey, the number of femicides and domestic violence victims is rising and women are fighting back. Dying To Divorce follows Ipek Bozkurt, a courageous lawyer, who is determined to challenge this misogynistic trend by putting abusive men behind bars.

Working with a group of activists, Ipek is fighting to get justice for two survivors of horrific assaults: Arzu, married off at 14 to a farmer ten years her senior and Kubra, a successful and glamorous TV presenter. Arzu lost both legs and the use of her arms when her husband fired seven shotgun shells at close range after she asked for a divorce. She must try to rebuild her life to regain custody of her children, who have been taken into care.

Kubra suffered a brain haemorrhage after being attacked by her husband, two days after giving birth. Her injuries resulted in the loss of her ability to speak and walk. Her husband denies attacking her and has kept their daughter. Kubra must undergo intensive speech therapy in order to testify against him in court. Unless he is convicted, Kubra may not see her daughter again.

Ipek must fight not only against a legal system, which regularly gives light sentences to male perpetrators, but also an increasingly repressive government. After an attempted coup, there is an unprecedented crackdown on dissenting voices leaving Ipek, like thousands of other lawyers, fearing imprisonment.

Filmed over 5 years, Dying To Divorce takes viewers into the heart of Turkey's gender-based violence crisis and the recent political events that have severely eroded democratic freedoms. Through intimately shot personal stories, the film gives a unique perspective on the struggle to be an independent woman in modern Turkey.

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