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Üstümüzden Geçti Bulut

Doğduğu topraklara geri dönen Cengiz, babasının hatırası, geçmişi ve kendisinin muğlak geleceği ile yüzleşmek zorundadır.

Cengiz, who comes back to the place he was born, has to face with his father’s memory, his own past and doubtful future in the wake of Chernobyl.

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The Cloud Has Passed over Us is a story about alienation that comes about unnaturally. I knew that we are unknowingly shaped by the places we live in. The point at which Cengiz comes back to his village from an over-crowded city like Istanbul is a symbol of him returning back to his roots.
When I thought about the style of narration, I thought about how I could be Cengiz in the future, so I wanted to emphasize that the Chernobyl nuclear disaster is a persisting problem. I preferred that the audience not be included in this process but not be too far removed from its reality either. I wanted the audience to feel Cengiz’s story does not start nor finish with him and that the ending of Cengiz’s story does not belong to only him.
Thus, the story we watch will reflect the victims of Chernobyl in the most minimal meaning. It will capture the reality of the time and place, from the perspective of the people who feel the pain.
In 1954, Nazım Hikmet, a Turkish poet, wrote a poem called “The Japanese Fisherman,” which talks about the nuclear disasters in Hiroshima and Nagasaki. In one line of the poem, he writes “the cloud has passed over us” to symbolize the inevitable death of those over whom the radioactive cloud will pass. Because I wanted to emphasize the universality of the effects of nuclear radiation on humans in my film, I used this line from the poem as the title of my film.
The word “Chernobyl” is not only to be perceived as “death.” Chernobyl caused people to doubt the place where they were born. In the film, I placed Cengiz, who comes from a region affected by Chernobyl, in Istanbul, a city populated by millions of people. I wanted Cengiz to think about his father’s death and uncertain future with this feeling of belonging to a metropolis. The important thing about this conflict of belonging is that Cengiz notices he is not alone when he is looking at his future.
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Copyright © 2012 Yaşar Arif Karagülle

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