Vendetta Song

Eylem Kaftan
2005 | 52 min
This short documentary follows Montreal filmmaker Eylem Kaftan as she travels to Turkey in an attempt to unravel the 30-year-old mystery of her aunt Guzide's murder. As she searches for clues and closure, she encounters antiquated customs in a Kurdish culture she's never known. She knows that her aunt was the victim of a senseless vendetta killing and as she ventures from village to village she pieces together the woman’s final days and closes in on the identity of her killer. Vendetta Song is produced by DLI Productions in co-production with the NFB.

Awards and distinctions

  • Bronze Plaque - Category: Humanities
    International Film and Video Festival, Columbus
  • Third Prize - (ex aequo with Switch on the Night by Alejandra Canales, Australia)
    Women Film Festival "La Mo-Viola", Torino
  • NFB Best Canadian Documentary Award
    Calgary IInternational Film Festival, Calgary
  • Award for Best Documentary
    Female Eye Film Festival, Toronto
  • CIDA Prize for Best Canadian Documentary on International Development - with a cash prize of 5,000$
    Hot Docs, Toronto
  • Quebec Film Critics Association Award - Short and Medium length Documentary
    Rendez-vous du cinéma québécois, Montréal