It is 1981. Turkey is at the dawn of one of its most atrocious coup d’etats and its hardest winter, In Kars, a remote city located on Turkey’s Eastern border and the site of dynamic trade, ethnicities and even empires, the people’s need for coal is as acute as their need for freedom. That winter, coal’s value equals almost the same as diamonds. Yet, hardly available with money, it remains within the reach of a few state institutions and privileged individuals. It is as if the coup d’etat punishes the city with cold. Three children, Serhat, Gürbüz and İbo, whose treasury is made up only of their sleds and dreams are about to start a journey in pursuit of coal. Its blackness contrasting the white of the snow, through their travels they will discover the power of solidarity. An innocent adventure for heating, situated under the shadow of the coup d’etat, will turn into a landmark journey where they come face-to-face with the realities and responsibilities that coming-of-age brings.
CAST & CREW
Director of Photography
Orhan Örsman, Ayhan Ergürsel
Taha Tegin Özdemir, Yakup Özgür Kurtaal, Ömer Uluç, İsa Mastar, İlker Sır, Oğuzhan Ulukaya, Zeki Aktaş, Figen Oral Cebel, Yücel Can
Kars Film Cafer Aga Mah.Sakiz Sok No:2/4 Kadikoy, Istanbul Turkey
Faruk Hacıhafızoğlu finished primary-secondary and high school in Kars. Took his BSc degree on Agricultural Engineering at Akdeniz University in 1991, Royal Society of Art Diploma on Photography at University of Bristol in 1997, and BA degree on Contemporary Media Practices at Westminster University in 2002. He worked as a journalist, photographer, producer and director. Snow Pirates is his first feature film.
Snow Pirates (2015).