Serdar Akar – Barda (2007)


A group of teens are having a fun night out at a bar until a gang takes the entire clique hostage. They torture the boys and rape the girls. After that night, nothing is the same anymore and the group has massive difficulties dealing with the situation. This movie is a very realistic expression of the outcomes of social stratification, poverty, and inequality on different parts of the society. In this movie, you are let into the minds of whom many like to refer to as psychopaths and see the world from their eyes. You understand their reasoning, loss of aim and the slow transformation from troubled people to those -after having been made to accept being outsiders- who have lost everything they have and thereof can do anything, regardless of any value and concept associated with humanity such as love, affection, empathy,honor,self-respect. The psychos in the movie hadn’t committed any crime till the story, none was recorded a least. And the crime committed the night of the story was not planned. This alone explains the threshold concept.

Violence, comes from within with no reason!
Barda is the next attempt of director Serdar Akar. He has made some remarkable films like “Gemide” (On Board) and “Dar Alanda Kisa Paslasmalar”. With his new step, he tries to bring forth the violence in the Turkish society.

A group of young and gonna-be part of high society friends, gather at a bar they frequently visit. One night, some guys looking awfully scary and dangerous enters and these two classes known to live together on the streets are left to fight trapped in a bar…

The violence is everywhere in Turkey as well as the world, in the streets, in the metro, at the schools etc. but this somehow seems to be unseen by the Turkish cinema. Because, people would love to sleep and think that everything’s going fine as long as the tragedy doesn’t touch them. But that’s not true at all. The truth is out there, in this film. Although it has some major negative sides, it’s a brave step trying to show the reality…

Based upon a true story, what’s happening is horrible, unbelievable and unacceptable. But you gotta see it to get to do something about it…
(Turkish Cinema Newsletter)

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  1. Christopher Fox

    Sub link doesn’t work. English subs at:

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