YEAR OF RELEASE
NIK XHELILAJ, GÜLER EKTEN, FÜSUN DEMIRER, TOMRIS INCER
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN
Zer is the story of a song whispered to Jan’s ear on his grandmother’s deathbed. A survivor of Dersim Massacre, Zarife hid her identity, her past in her memory of this song. Raised in NYC, Jan begins a journey through Kurdistan, searching for his grandma’s past and his own self. Zer is the story of Jan and Zarife, an estranged grandson and grandmother. When Zarife is brought over to New York City for cancer treatment, they begin to know each other in the course of the treatment. Meantime, Jan’s life starts to change. The bond they forge after many years end abruptly when Zarife dies. Jan, then, goes on a journey to find the song that Zarife sang to him on her deathbed. As he traces back to the song Zer, he finds himself in Dersim, Kurdistan, and amid the remnant of the massacre, further in the middle of the secret that his grandmother had kept her entire life. At the end of the story, Zarife turns out to be one of the surviving children of the 1938 Massacre of Kurds in Dersim.