By Fatih AKIN

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Documentary - Completed 2012

Ten years ago it was decided to dump waste in the hills above the Black Sea village of Camburnu. The villagers' struggle against the Turkish state has lasted as long - the mayor and the whole village against Ministers of State, judges and financial interests...

& Awards

Festival de Cannes 2012
Out of Competition
Busan - BIFF/APM 2012
Wide Angle
    • Year of production
    • 2012
    • Genres
    • Documentary
    • Countries
    • Languages
    • Duration
    • 98 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Fatih AKIN
    • Producer(s)
    • Fatih AKIN (corazón international), Klaus MAECK (corazón international)
    • Synopsis
    • Camburnu is a small mountain village in northeastern Turkey. Thanks to the Black Sea’s mild and humid climate, the villagers have lived for generations off tea cultivation and fishing in harmony with the nature surrounding them. But this idyllic environment is threatened by the government’s decision ten years ago to build a garbage landfill directly above the village. Despite protests by the mayor and the villagers, a waste facility has been built that does not comply with the most important security and building standards and since then has continued to pollute the environment through accidents and disasters. The air is polluted, the ground water is contaminated, the annual rains flush the waste down the slopes, and flocks of birds and stray dogs have besieged the village. The tea growers, whose plantations lie beneath the landfill, have lost their livelihood. The consequences are devastating and clearly evident for everyone to see and yet tons of waste continues to be dumped in the landfill every day.
      In 2006 award-winning filmmaker Fatih Akin (“Head-On”, “Crossing the Bridge – The Sound of Istanbul”) went to Camburnu for the first time to shoot the finale of his film “The Edge of Heaven” in his grandparent’s home village. When he learns of the impending environmental disaster, he decides to take action in the best way he knows how. Over a period of more than 5 years, he documents the small village’s struggle against the country’s powerful institutions, and records the inevitable disasters that consistently plague this former paradise. POLLUTING PARADISE is a remarkable portrait of a Turkish community far removed from the major urban centers and a moving plea for civil courage.