Before Your Eyes DVD Review
Gulistan (Senay Orak) and brother
Firat (Muhammed Al) experience the loss of both of their loving parents
does their own baby sibling, whom they must now learn to take care of)
parents are murdered - in front of them - for their political activism.
Before Your Eyes is a tragic story of
loss and survival.
losing your family in an
instant. It is a devastating, horrifying, and unthinkable prospect. The
thing that lies in the realm of nightmares, real and unreal, but so
to even think of.
life disappears in an
instant for the children and instead of happiness there is an internal
of grief, solemnity, and sadness (and the pain is so often left
children attempt to pay rent by selling off some of the family
isn't long however before these children have sold everything and there
children end up living on the
streets in Diyarbakir and struggle to earn enough money to buy food to
survive. In one devastating scene the younger brother Firat is sent to
medicine needed for the baby child and is turned away because of being
small, incremental amount. All hope seems dashed. Gulistan is only ten
old and she doesn't know what to do to help them to survive their
No child should ever have to feel a burden as harsh as this but that is
the situation Gulistan winds up in.
small amount of hope arrives
when the children meet an escort named Dilara, who gives them money to
her ads on car windshields. This helps them to get by, even if barely,
Dilara seems to grow particularly attached to Gulistan (who she
being her sister at one point in the story). The sisterly relationship
is a beautiful
element found within a story that is layered with suffering.
is a fictional story but one that deals with issues occurring in Turkey
now. Many children are becoming orphaned in Turkey because widespread
anyone in the country who becomes involved with political activism is
The tension that is between Turks and Kurds has led to countless deaths
children have been horrifically affected by this more than anyone else.
would happen if these
children were to once again meet the person who had murdered their
parents? Before Your Eyes poses and answers this
question. It isn't necessarily an answer that is going to provide
the losses of these children. Somehow, though... it provides their
and the unheard voices of all of Diyarbakir's orphaned children from
political murders that tore families apart and destroyed countless
is rarely as intent on
making an impact on a current situation. It is shocking to realize how
suffering has been caused by political activism in Turkey and how it
negatively affected so many ordinary people while it's remained
so many worldwide. I had no idea and I suspect this will be the same
for a large majority experiencing this film.
Miraz Bezar writes
about the deep psychological scars of the country and its people with a
voice and an unflinching view. Bezar's determination makes all the
his efforts can be recognized in both the screenplay and the direction.
Before Your Eyes is essential world
Your Eyes has
been released on DVD by Film
Movement in a lush 16:9 anamorphic widescreen presentation. The
by Isabelle Casez is well reproduced and it stuns with every moment as
photography manages to elevate the production through her contribution.
effective in establishing both mood and environment. The transfer has
color reproduction, and clarity with its clean presentation. The
theatrical aspect ratio of 2.35:1 has been preserved.
Your Eyes arrives
on DVD with two audio
options: Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound and 2.0 stereo. The surround
option will deliver a better experience for viewers who can play
audio, and the 2.0 sound mix will be more than adequate for any viewers
cannot. Both audio options will perform well in reproducing the
dialogue and that
is the most important aspect. The surround environment is slightly more
enveloping, and the occasional sound effects used are effective. Before Your Eyes is presented in the
Kurdish and Turkish languages spoken during the film. English subtitles
Movement's Monthly Short Film: It's My Turn (Dir.
Ismet Ergun) [10
playful and relatively whimsical short film focuses on a group of
they play a game that helps them to decide how to take turns in going
movies. The children do this because of the cost of going to the movies
prevents them from being able to go as a group every time. It's a cute
piece but it doesn't venture too far into examining these characters. I
that's not altogether unexpected (even if it's unfortunate to a
downside to this short is that it has been "intentionally left
would have loved subtitles. The intent was to let these moments feel
in the dialogue. I get it. These
moments sound that way either way though, and leaving off subtitles
to frustrate those who don't understand the language. An option
viewers with either choice (to view with or
without subtitles) would be nice. Introductory notes about the intended
version could've been provided.
Director Biography and trailers for other Film Movement
are also included.
Your Eyes has
stellar performances by its
leading child actors and the story is riveting, thought-provoking, and
important. The film brings into discussion Turkey's Diyarbakir
and the devastating world of political murders that are happening now.
an eye opening experience and one that will stay with you. Filmmaker
has crafted an impeccable debut that is worth discovering.
Neil Lumbard is a lifelong fan of cinema, and a student who aspires to make movies. He loves writing, and currently does in Texas.