Dr. Eylem Atakav will lead the discussion on her documentary Growing Up Married (Turkey, 2016). Dr Atakav is Senior Lecturer in Film and Television Studies at the University of East Anglia where she teaches courses on women and film; women, Islam and media; and Middle Eastern media. She is the author of Women and Turkish Cinema: Gender Politics, Cultural Identity and Representation (2012) and editor of Directory of World Cinema: Turkey (Intellect, 2013). Growing Up Married is her first exposure to filmmaking. She is currently co-leading an Arts and Humanities Research Council-funded project entitled British [Muslim] Values.
Growing Up Married is a documentary which focuses on the stories of child brides recollecting their memories as adults. It explores what happens after child marriage by focusing on the stories of four women, and making their experiences visible, while contributing to debates around this significant, complex and emotionally charged human rights issue which has often been discursively silenced.
Discussion will follow the screening.
Presented by UNC Charlotte’s Office of International Programs as an extension of UNC Charlotte’s International Women’s Day Celebration. This director's screening is a part of the 2017 UNC Charlotte International Film Festival.