Based Down South
|Based Down South|
|Directed by||Martina Priessner|
|Produced by||Claudia Wolf|
|Written by||Martina Priessner|
|Edited by||Bettina Blickwede|
|Running time||88 minutes|
Based Down South (German: Wir Sitzen im Süden) is a 2010 German-Turkish documentary film written and directed by Martina Priessner about four Turks born in Germany but who now live in Istanbul. The film was selected for the 29th International Film Festival Istanbul, where it premiered, 53rd International Leipzig Festival for Documentary and Animated Films, 16th London Turkish Film Festival and the 13th Istanbul International 1001 Documentary Film Festival. Based Down South was nominated for the Grimme Award in 2011.
What Buelent, Murat, Fatos and Ciğdem share are memories of their childhood and youth in Germany. Now all of them live in Istanbul, three against their will. Fatos and Murat were forced to go to Turkey by their parents, Buelent was deported five years ago. Only Cigdem, the young manager with a German passport freely opted for a life in Istanbul. But even after decades in their parents country of origin, the other three have never really managed to make it their home. Insteas, they have constructed a surrogate Germany for themselves.
- 29th International Film Festival Istanbul (April 3–18, 2010)
- Documentarist: Documentary Days of Istanbul (June 22–27, 2010)
- 16th Film Presentation Baden-Württemberg (December 1 – 5, 2010)
- 16th London Turkish Film Festival (November 4–18, 2010)
- 13th Istanbul International 1001 Documentary Film Festival
- 53rd International Leipzig Festival for Documentary and Animated Films (Oktober 18–24, 2010)
- "Based Down South / Wir Sitzen im Süden Yedek Memleket". IFFI. Retrieved 2010-10-25.
- "Based Down South / Wir Sitzen im Süden Yedek Memleket". LTFF. Archived from the original on 24 October 2010. Retrieved 2010-10-25.
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