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Homo Politicus

Johannes Lepsius is an influential theologian, who acts on behalf of German missionaries. In order to stop “deportation” policy of Ottoman Empire regarding Armenians; he goes to the military headquarter in Istanbul, where he can meet Enver Pasha, the most powerful general of Turkey. His aim is to build diplomatic and political pressure on Enver Pasha. However; all the arguments put forward by Lepsius was avoided by Enver in a polite and coldblooded attitude. Halfway through the meeting, the atmosphere changes and a philosophical, intellectual wordy warfare, which sometimes feels like chess and sometimes a boxing match, surrounds the scene. While Enver is trying to drag Lepsius into an “indecent proposal” step by step, Lepsius would take an important decision and leave the conversation.

  • Hacı Orman
    Writer
  • Hacı Orman
    Director
  • Songül Özbakır
    Producer
  • Peter Von Strombeck
    Key Cast
  • Mehmet Yılmaz
    Key Cast

  • Film Type:
    Short
  • Genres:
    Drama
  • Runtime:
    19 minutes 59 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    January 30, 2015
  • Production Budget:
    29,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    Turkey
  • Country of Filming:
    Turkey
  • Film Language:
    German
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    Yes
  • Student Project:
    No

  • Istanbul Film Festival
    Istanbul, Turkey
    April 12, 2015
    Not premiere because of censorship and boycott.
    Not premiere because of censorship and boycott.
  • Golden Apricot Yerevan International Film Festival
    Armenia
    July 13, 2015
    World
    Out of competition
  • NYC Independent Film Festival
    New York, USA
    October 12, 2015
    USA
  • Louisville's International Festival Of Film
    Kentucky, USA
    October 1, 2015
    USA
  • Pomegranate Film Festival
    Canada
    November 12, 2015
    Canada
  • Los Angeles Cine Fest
    Los Angeles, USA
    Los Angeles premiere

Director Biography

For 10 years after he quit his study in the university, he served as the chairman of the executive board of BEKSAV (Science Education Aesthetic Culture Art Research Foundation) and chief editor of Sanat and Hayat (Art and Life) Magazine, at the same time. For two times; he was arrested, put in and got out of jail for the political reasons. Together with Ragip Zarakolu, he contributed in preparation of the books named Turks and Armenians between Ararat and Sirat, Exile Folk Songs, Testimonies – Armenian Genocide in its 90th Anniversary, Defences of the Intellectuals, published as supplements of Sanat and Hayat magazine. His short-length film Homo Politicus, which is about the Armenian Genocide occured in 1915, the first movie.

Director Statement

Homo Politicus, first fiction film produced in Turkey, about the Armenian Genocide.
By focusing on destroying nature of politics through the tense dialogues of two powerful men, one of them being a militarist and the other being a humanist, a solider and a theologian, one from East and the other from West; Homo Politicus shows us how humanism against nationality and morals against politics are naive and despair. Digging back into the starting days of Armenian Genocide in 1915, the film, on the axis of an historical dialogue, analyzes the passionate motivation, which the mentality, which planned first genocide of the century, is based on.

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