Imrali – New Film on the Isolation of Ocalan, Narrated by Maxine Peake

A group of human rights activists, among them British actress Maxine Peake and former Icelandic Minister of Justice Ögmundur Jónasson travels to Turkey. They want to visit Imrali Prison. But the prisoners there cannot be visited by anyone…

This short film (8 mins) tells the story of the 2019 international Imrali Peace Delegation and places the isolation of Kurdish leader Abdullah Ocalan within the context of the state repression experienced by millions of Kurds in Turkey and their enduring resistance.

It includes interviews with Rezan Sarica, one of Mr Ocalan’s lawyers who has never been allowed to meet his client, a bereaved mother whose 16-year-old son disappeared during the 2015 siege of Sur, leaders of the ‘Saturday Mothers’ whose relatives disappeared in the 1990s and it also features the hunger strike movement, started by Leyla Guven, of 7,000 Kurdish prisoners and their supporters across Europe. Ending Ocalan’s isolation can lead to a renewed peace process in Turkey, says HDP MP Berdan Ozturk. The narrator, BAFTA award-winning actress Maxine Peake, tells us how she has been inspired by the ‘incredible’ people she has met on the journey.

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