Perfect Shot Films
The story of a Soviet Bruce Lee and a Martial Arts school that has become a safe haven inside a violent conflict zone. Dagestan, a Russian Caucasus Republic on the lawless verge of economic and political collapse. Once it was Chechnya, today it is the republic of Dagestan on the Caspian Sea that is the most explosive place in Russia - and in Europe. There are bomb attacks almost daily, shootouts between police and militants, tales of torture and of people going missing. An escape from the bleak reality comes in the form of a collective national obsession with wrestling, martial arts and masculine strength that goes way beyond the sphere of sports.
Trans X Istanbul
Thousands of Trans-women live in Turkey’s big cities. Since 2009, there has been an increase in the number of murders of Trans-women. Within the last two years, 49 Trans-women have been assassinated. If criminal acts against Trans-women, including their murder, are at all investigated by the police and brought to court, perpetrators can count on a lenient sentence or even immunity from prosecution. Ebru said: "Our life is not worth anything. If you really want to find out, come with me." The film tells the life story of Ebru and her struggle for social and political change. She herself has experienced that first hand: exclusion by the State, by society and by her own family. Despite facing life-threatening attacks, she questions her society with humour and self-criticism and investigates the murders of her friends herself. After 30 years of separation she is confronting her family again with her identity and her wish for reconciliation. Along the way she will find her voice and new forms of solidarity. Together with an 84 year old former nurse from Germany she is founding a transgender retirement home in Turkey.
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