Filmed over 5 years, DYING TO DIVORCE takes viewers into the heart of Turkey’s gender-based violence crisis and the political events that have severely eroded democratic freedoms. Through intimately shot personal stories, the film gives a unique perspective on the struggle to be an independent woman in modern Turkey.
More than one in three Turkish women have experienced domestic abuse and the number of femicides is rising. But some Turkish women are fighting back. Ipek Bozkurt, a courageous lawyer, is determined to challenge this misogynistic trend by putting abusive men behind bars.
Working with a group of activists, Ipek fights to get justice for two survivors of horrific assaults: Arzu, married at 14 and Kubra, a successful TV presenter. Ipek struggles not only against a biased legal system but an increasingly repressive government. After an attempted coup, there is an unprecedented crackdown on dissenting voices, leaving Ipek, like thousands of other lawyers, fearing imprisonment.
“The film expertly presents the political and cultural forces that perpetuate a culture of violence against women, regardless of where they are on the social ladder. It also shows the effect on the male family of the women. Although set in Turkey, the film has universal relevance as domestic violence and hate crimes against women are a global problem. It’s a must see.” Special mention in the Movies That Matter Grand Jury Prize.
Presented in partnership with Amnesty Group Kendal
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