About the Film
Behind closed doors, the world’s leading diplomats and military experts are ineffective, and reluctant about the fate of an entire people, despite all reports from the field and corresponding evidence. The men deliberate, sending messages and directions to other officials, but no decisions are ever made. The tragedy unfolds elsewhere. The reasons are manifold; some personal ambitions, some bigoted prejudices, some fanatic obsessions, all flavored with the procedural lockstep of bureaucracy, which adds up to a disaster that has been steadily approaching. The final genocide of the twentieth century transpires under the guardianship of the United Nations in 1995 in Srebrenica. Disturbed Earth is a theatrical performance rehearsal shot in one day. The bureaucratic incompetence takes inspiration from a historical specificity, but it also occurs right now: Bureaucrats are incapable of acting on time in the midst of climate catastrophe.
In Disturbed Earth, produced by Çiğdem Mater and Maria Thalia Carras, Didem Pekün reveals the cold reality of wars fought behind closed doors and massacres left to unfold, reminding us today’s wars as she turns back to a page from the past.
- Producer: Çiğdem Mater, Maria Thalia Carras
- Cast: Arndt Schwering-Sohnrey, Herold Vomeer, Jörg Witte
- Language: English
- Subtitles: Turkish, English