COMD Documentary Screening: “Black, Not Gray: Ankara Rocks!” FFB-022, 5:40PM April 24 (TR)(SEN)

You are invited to join us for the screening of “Black, Not Gray: Ankara Rocks!” on 24 April Wednesday, 17:40, at FFB-022, organized by the Bilkent Cinema Society.

The 114-minute-long feature-length documentary “Ankara Rocks” was shot and edited in the COMD studios over a period of seven years, during which more than 70 subjects were interviewed. The crew consisted of 60 people, including COMD instructors Andreas Treske (producer), Ufuk Önen (director), Yusuf Akçura (director of photography), Gülden Treske (co-writer), alumna Aycan Yücel Uyanık (film editor) and, as co-writer, Neslihan Atcan Altan. During the production process, almost 30 Bilkent students worked on the project as volunteers.

“Ankara Rocks”, with its double narrative, relates the story of rock musicians from Ankara pursuing their greatest passion, music, despite all the obstacles posed by the restrictions, lack of opportunities and organic texture of Ankara during the 1970s to the mid-1990s. The tale is told from the perspective of the director himself, who personally witnessed the final part of this period and created part of its history with his band Hazy Hill. The love–hate relationship between musicians and Ankara is reflected in the movie through the experiences of the participants.

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