Turkey, 2015, 47′, Turkish
Photography: Metin Kaya
Editing: Metin Kaya, Erkan Erdem, Burçak Yurdakul
Sound: Alaeddin Kaya
Community Center, 13.10.2016 Thursday, 16.00-18.00
Synopsis: Zonguldak, the city of mines and mineworkers, is the city of people who find themselves underground at the risk of their lives, under heavy working conditions. There are also illegal mines in the city. No safety measures are taken in these mines and we witness different life stories experienced under extremely heavy working conditions. One of the most painful stories witnessed in these mines concern the tragic lives of children and mules that have become a part of the illegal coal production process. “Sigh” tells the ruthless struggle that continues in the illegal coal mines of Zonguldak’s mountains.
Biography: Metin Kaya was born in Zonguldak, in 1962 and he still lives there. He has worked as a documentary photographer for many years and he has directed documentary films since 2007.
His first documentary “100bin kişiydiler” tells the strike of Zonguldak miners in 1990-91, which was the largest strike in the workers’ history in Turkey, and the process that has come to be known as the “Great Ankara March.” His second documentary “Derin Çığlık’ tells the firedamp disaster on 3rd March 1993, which claimed the lives of 263 workers in Kozlu, Zonguldak.