Deniz Tortum works in film, video and new media. His first feature Zayiat has been screened internationally, including SxSW. His most recent film If Only There Were Peace (co-dir Carmine Grimaldi) received the best short documentary award at Dokufest. He is currently a fellow at Harvard Film Study Center where he is working on a film about a hospital in Istanbul.
Hospital with one entrance and two exits
The corridors and denizens of a state-run hospital in Istanbul create a portrait of labor, life, anesthesia, and death. The hospital becomes an accidental microcosm of Turkish society. From waiting room to surgical theater to morgue, the human body is entered by technology, bureaucracy, and gossip.
And the previous FSC project
If Only There Were Peace
(co-directed with Carmine Grimaldi)
A film production company—comprised of Turks, Kurds, Iraqi refugees and former soldiers of the Free Syrian Army—spend a day in the Turkish countryside, shooting a melodrama about the Kurdish-Turkish conflict.
Dokufest 2017 – Best Short Documentary, True/False Film Festival 2017, Sheffield Doc/Fest 2017