5th Los Angeles Turkish Film Festival Closing Night Film: MEMORIES OF THE WIND

April 15, 2017, 7:00 P.M.

The Ray Stark Family Theatre, SCA 108, George Lucas Building, USC School of Cinematic Arts Complex, 900 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007

The 5th Los Angeles Turkish Film Festival (LATFF), in collaboration with USC Visions & Voices: The Arts and Humanities Initiative, Outside the Box [Office], USC Middle East Studies Program (MESP), and Nar Film, invite you and a guest to a special screening of

Memories of the Wind

Directed by Özcan Alper
Written by Özcan Alper, Ahmet Büke
Produced by Soner Alper, Ali Bayraktar, Mamuka Chikhradze,
Guillaume de Seille, Michael Eckelt, and Mustafa Oguz

Followed by a Q&A with Özcan Alper

7:00 P.M. on Saturday, April 15th, 2017
The Ray Stark Family Theatre, SCA 108
900 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007


Antalya Golden Orange Film Festival (2015): Best Music Award, Best Cinematography Award | Hamburg Film Festival (2015): Hamburg Producers Award for European Cinema Co-Productions Nominee | Montréal World Film Festival (2015): Grand Prix des Amériques Nominee

Closing Night Film: 5th Los Angeles Turkish Film Festival.

Join us for a pre-screening reception in the Lucas Building Lobby from 6:00 - 7:00 P.M.

About Memories of the Wind

As a non-muslim journalist, who publishes a newspaper criticizing the government, Aram has a little printing press in Istanbul. Hatred against foreigners intensifies during World War II and Aram and his newspaper get affected. After failing to pay the newly enforced taxes targeting non-muslims, Aram decides to flee to escape imprisonment with the help of  his friend. Before he is able to reach the Soviet Georgia’s border, he finds a hut in the woods of Black Sea region. As he patiently waits to cross the border, he keeps writing and drawing to remember his past. It feels like this exile is never going to end.

Provided courtesy of Nar Film. Not rated. Running time: 124 minutes. In Turkish, with English subtitles.

Visit the Official Website: http://www.narfilm.com/


About the Guest

ÖZCAN ALPER (Writer, Director)

Özcan Alper (Artvin, 1975), is a Hemshin Armenian film director and screenwriter from Turkey. Since 1996, he been participating in filmmaking workshops organized by Mezopotamya Culture Center and the Nâzim Culture house. In 2000, he started assisting in films under the supervision of film director Yesim Ustaoglu. After working as an assistant director on the short Soil (1999), he directed Momi (2001) as his first short film. He also shot two documentaries Melancholy and Rhapsody in Tokai City and Time Travel with A Scientist. In 2008, Alper released his first feature Autumn (2008), which won multiple awards. His following film Future Lasts Forever (2011) similarly gained critical acclaim and won important awards.

About The Los Angeles Turkish Film Festival (LATFF)

The Los Angeles Turkish Film Festival (LATFF) is organized by HIF Corporation, a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization founded in 2011 by nine Turkish students studying cinema in Los Angeles. The purpose of LATFF is to promote awareness of Turkish cinema via short film and feature film screenings in the West Coast of the U.S. and to give young Turkish filmmakers the opportunity to network with distinguished film professionals and showcase their work in the heart of Los Angeles. Five years after being launched in Egyptian Theater in 2012 as the first and only Turkish Film Festival in Los Angeles, the 5th Los Angeles Turkish Film Festival will take place in collaboration with the USC School of Cinematic Arts this year.

If you would like to receive more information about LATFF, you can visit our website at www.latff.org or you can email us at info@latff.org

About USC Visions & Voices: The Arts and Humanities Initiative

Visions and Voices is a university-wide arts and humanities initiative that is unparalleled in higher education. The initiative was established by USC President C. L. Max Nikias during his tenure as provost in order to fulfill the goals set forth in USC's strategic plan; to communicate USC's core values to students; and to affirm the human spirit. Emphasizing the university's commitment to interdisciplinary approaches, the initiative features a spectacular array of events conceived and organized by faculty and schools throughout the university. The series includes theatrical productions, music and dance performances, conferences, lectures, film screenings and many other special events both on and off campus. Each program invites students to dialogue and interact with artists, writers, professors and special guests. These interactions provide a dynamic experience of the arts and humanities and encourage active exploration of USC's core values, including freedom of inquiry and expression, team spirit, appreciation of diversity, commitment to serving one's community, entrepreneurial spirit, informed risk-taking, ethical conduct and the search for truth.

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About Outside the Box [Office]

Outside the Box [Office] is a weekly showcase for upcoming releases highlighting world cinema, documentary and independent film titles. Recognizing a need for greater diversity on campus, the series will draw from around the globe to present movies that may challenge, inspire or simply entertain.

To view the calendar of screenings, click here

To SUBSCRIBE to our MAILING LIST for upcoming free screenings and events, e-mail the word "Subscribe" to: aago@cinema.usc.edu

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About the USC Middle East Studies Program (MESP)

The Middle East Studies Program (MESP) is committed to the teaching and study of the languages, cultures, peoples, and societies throughout the Middle East region. With faculty in Arabic, Classics, Comparative Literature, Economics, French, History, International Relations, Judaic Studies, Persian, Political Science, and Religion, MESP is home to an interdisciplinary major and minor in Middle East Studies, a minor in Iranian Studies, and a minor in Arabic. The program organizes lively and exciting lectures, colloquia, conferences, and film series on a broad range of topics ranging from politics and economics to religion and popular culture.

Visit the Official MESP Website: http://dornsife.usc.edu/mesp/

Check-In & Reservations

This screening is free of charge and open to the public. Please bring a valid USC ID or print out of your reservation confirmation, which will automatically be sent to your e-mail account upon successfully making an RSVP through this website. Doors will open at 6:30 P.M.

All SCA screenings are OVERBOOKED to ensure seating capacity in the theater, therefore seating is not guaranteed based on RSVPs. The RSVP list will be checked in on a first-come, first-served basis until the theater is full. Once the theater has reached capacity, we will no longer be able to admit guests, regardless of RSVP status.


The USC School of Cinematic Arts is located at 900 W. 34th St., Los Angeles, CA 90007. Parking passes may be purchased for $12.00 at USC Entrance Gate #5, located at the intersection of W. Jefferson Blvd. & McClintock Ave. We recommend Parking Structure D, at the far end of 34th Street. Metered street parking is also available along Jefferson Blvd.

Contact Information

Name: Alessandro Ago
Email: aago@cinema.usc.edu