Die Besetzung der Dunkelheit

Conquering Darkness
Based on the novel by Bachtyar Ali
Performed in German

Can one erase an entire ethnic group from history by erasing their language? Is it even possible to completely eradicate a language?

In Bakhtyar Ali’s latest novel "Conquering Darkness", professor Tarik Akansu attempts to do just that at the behest of the Turkish state: the Kurdish language should cease to exist. He hands this task over to his two sons. The first attempts to comprehend his father's actions, while the second severs all ties with his father, falls in love with a Kurdish woman and moves with her to Istanbul.

A fascinating journey through Turkish-Kurdish history and the political conflicts in Turkey in the 1970s and 1980s.


Director Ihsan Othmann
Costume Design Jessica Rockstroh
Music Joachim Kuipers
Video Sebastian Lankes
Dramaturgy Wolfgang Behrens
Tarik Akan Su, Health Minister, University Professor Christian Klischat
Ali Ehsan Philipp Steinheuser
Ismet Oktay Ferhat Keskin
Oyzar, Didem Sahin, Poet, Maniac 3 Kaval Sidqi
Oyzar's Sister, Zeynep, Tansu, Dr. Koibra, Actress, Ismet's Daughter, Woman Christina Tzatzaraki
Zaki Raza Baklan, Nacip Fatih Qalip, Saifeddin, Chief Editor, Man 5 Martin Plass
Dr. Sinan, Hakki Sunayi, Old Man, Maniac 1, Man 2 Lukas Schrenk
Head Physician, Adnan Pascha, Home Secretary, Hotelier, Man 1 Michael Birnbaum
Musician Joachim Kuipers