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Boston Turkish Arts and Culture Festival 2022 Documentary and Short Film Competition Nov 11 - 24

Competition Opening Night
Friday, November 11, 2022 | 7:00pm
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston - Remis Auditorium



Liebe, D-Mark und Tod
Aşk, Mark ve Ölüm

Love Deutschmark and Death

Directed by Cem Kaya
Documentary, 95 min., 2022

Co-presented with the Goethe-Institut Boston

Panorama Audience Award at the Berlin International Film Festival

Love, Deutschmark and Death is a documentary film about the independent, and as of yet, unknown music of emigrated Turkish guest workers and their grandchildren in Germany. In a musical and essayistic form, Cem Kaya shares insights into the unique liveliness of this forgotten subculture.

Selected Festivals and Awards

  • Panorama Audience Award: Berlin International Film Festival, Germany (2022)
  • Indiemusic Schweppes Award: IndieLisboa International Independent Film Festival, Portugal (2022)

  • Istanbul Film Festival, Turkey (2022)


    Cem Kaya (1976, Schweinfurt, Germany), after studying communication design at the Merz Academy in Stuttgart with Prof. Christoph Dreher (1999–2005), first worked as a producer, editor and director for commercials and music videos. Together with the Ludwigsburg film producer Jochen Laube, he made his first two feature-length documentaries Arabeks (Arte, 2010, co-directed with Gökhan Bulut) and Remake, Remix, Rip-Off (ZDF Das kleine Fernsehspiel, 2014), produced by UFA Fiction. While Arabeks was about the music culture of internal migration in Turkey, Remake, Remix, Rip-Off was about the Turkish film industry Yesilçam and its custom of remaking Hollywood blockbusters for their domestic cinema market. Turkish knock-offs of hit films such as Star Wars, Rambo or The Exorcist, realised with a minimal budget and "borrowed" soundtracks, provided diverting entertainment in this film about films enriched with anecdotes from the dazzling world of Turkish filmmaking. The documentary premiered at the Locarno Film Festival in 2014 and had an extraordinary festival success with well over one hundred screenings worldwide. In Germany, it was released in February 2016 by Drop-Out Cinema.

    Cem Kaya uses extensive found footage and archive material of various kinds in his work. He assembles clips from feature films, commercials, tv documentaries and private footage into witty collages. This colorful mix of material and his own documentary observations are the ingredients for his extremely insightful, sometimes bizarre and often hilarious docu-essays.

    Kaya also works as a cinematographer. In 2017, he took on, among others, the camera work on the investigative film “77sqm_9:26min” by the London-based group Forensic Architecture about the reconstruction of the NSU murder of Halit Yozgat. The film had its premiere at documenta 14 in the same year.

    Cem Kaya’s documentary Remake, Remix, Rip-Off was screened at the 15th Boston Turkish Film Festival in 2016.





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