Check It Out: Mustang

February 15, 2016 | Revolution Newspaper |


Mustang is a beautiful and deeply moving film about the irrepressible spirit of five young sisters coming of age in modern-day rural Turkey and fighting not to be crushed by the heavy weight of tradition’s chains on women.

It has received an Oscar nomination for best foreign language film and features five non-professional actors playing the roles of the sisters in the most stunningly real and heart-wrenching way.

Mustang opens a window into the complex and clashing social contradictions in a society like Turkey where westernized secularism was imposed on top of a framework of backward oppressive traditions in relation to women, marriage, and sexuality. Without explicitly touching on the intense political and religious conflicts currently shaking Turkish society, the film depicts the sharpness of the social contradictions as they play out in a rural village. While bringing to life the soul-crushing human costs of the age-old oppressive relations which continue to imprison women, Mustang is at the same time filled with the exuberance and untamed spirit of youth. It makes you ache for the liberation of women and all of humanity from all forms of oppressive relations.

Do not miss this film.



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