Cleveland International Film Festival } March 22 – April 1, 2023 } Playhouse Square

Polluting Paradise
(Müll im Garten Eden)

Year: 2012
Country: TURKEY
Language: Turkish
Run Time: 98 minutes

Polluting Paradise
Polluting Paradise
Polluting Paradise
Polluting Paradise

Many of us worry about pollution. But probably not as much as the people of Camburnu do. Ten years ago the government allowed a garbage dump to be built in the hills above the small Turkish Black Sea town. As time passed, the citizens saw their beautiful land destroyed by a faulty facility that leaks toxic waste into their drinking water and causes a ghastly odor that often makes it hard to breathe. Their complaints have gone unheard by an incompetent government that doesn't seem to grasp what's driving their people to sickness and causing the population to dwindle. The things we take for granted have become a constant frustration for a people who aren't asking for much. Will they have to abandon the homes they've lived in for so long? Will they be able to make money when their crops have been ruined? And will Camburnu's heritage and traditions be lost in a sea of trash? POLLUTING PARADISE is an eye-witness account of one village's heartbreaking struggle for dignity. (In German with subtitles) – E.F.

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German director Fatih Akin was born in 1973. He studied visual communications at Hamburg's College of Fine Arts. Akin began his career making shorts and later moved to documentaries and feature films. His movies have earned him 29 awards, which include honors from the Cannes Film Festival and the Independent Spirit Awards.

"Short Sharp Shock" (1998), "In July" (2000) – 25th CIFF, "Denk ich an Deutschland" (2001), "Solino" (2002), "Head-On" (2004), "Crossing the Bridge: The Sound of Istanbul" (2005), "The Edge of Heaven" (2007), "Soul Kitchen" (2009), POLLUTING PARADISE (2012)

Fatih Akin, Klaus Maeck, Alberto Fanni, Flaminio Zadra, Paolo Colombo

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