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Vendetta Song

Vendetta Song

| 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.

  • director
    Eylem Kaftan
  • producer
    Abbey Jack Neidik
    Irene Angelico
    Germaine Ying Gee Wong
  • executive producer
    Sally Bochner
    Alberta Nokes
  • editor
    Jeremiah Hayes
  • sound
    Diane Carrière
  • writer
    Eylem Kaftan
  • original music
    Lance Neveu
  • associate producer
    Eylem Kaftan
    Patrick Moss
  • narrator
    Eylem Kaftan
  • additional writer
    Irene Angelico
    Jeremiah Hayes
    Craig Segal
  • additional editing
    Louise Côté
    Eylem Kaftan
  • assistant director
    Craig Segal
  • additional camera
    Jeremiah Hayes
  • photographs
    Eylem Kaftan
    Craig Segal
  • musician
    Stéphane Allard
    Jean-François Ouellet
    Dave Gossage
    Jason Lang
  • video post-production
    Digital Cut Postproduction
  • online editor
    Ghislain Bergevin
  • on-line supervisor
    Patrick Clune
  • on-line coordinator
    Stéphanie Lemieux
  • assistant on-line editor
    Yannick Desrochers
  • sound post-production
    Le Studio Harmonie
  • sound post-production coordinator
    Nathalie Tremblay
  • sound editing
    Mario Choquette
  • sound editing services
    Audio FX
  • sound mixing
    Éric Tessier
  • music editing
    Éric Tessier
  • production coordinator
    Tania Cooper
    Zeynep Calasin
    SB Edwards
    Michelle Diamond
  • research
    Eylem Kaftan
    Craig Segal
    Patrick Moss
    Zeynep Calasin
  • translation
    Zeynep Yas
    Alexandre Barazi
    Félix Houde
    Lili Charoeva
    Hind Benchekroun
    Ghislain Bergevin
  • transcription
    Tania Cooper
  • marketing manager
    Moira Keigher
  • closed captioning
  • production accountant
    John Chretien
  • legal services
    Heenan Blaikie L.L.P.
    Shari Segal
  • insurance
    Taillefer Desjardins inc.


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Ages 14 to 17

Ethics and Religious Culture - Religious Diversity/Heritage
Family Studies/Home Economics - Feminism
Health/Personal Development - Healthy Relationships
History and Citizenship Education - Culture and Currents of Thought (1500-present)

One of the men in the film says that "Men are in charge here." What does that mean? Students can look at Canadian history and explore how similar attitudes were challenged in the 20th century (examples: the vote, education, work, moral codes, etc.). How did the process of change take place? What is to be done if anything is to change in places like these villages? Is it up to us to impose change?

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