An evening commemorating the 10th anniversary Hrant Dink's death
10 years ago, on January 19th, 2007, Armenian journalist Hrant Dink was shot in Istanbul in front of the building that housed his Agos newspaper. Even though the murderer has been convicted and condemned, the masterminds in the government machinery have yet to be held accountable. And there are reasons why. Hrant Dink always stood for reconciliation between Armenians and Turks, was relentless in making the perpetrators' responsibility for the genocide a subject of discussion and tirelessly demanded Turkey's democratization today. The climate that made the murder of Hrant Dink possible has only intensified in the meantime.
»The more Hrant wrote, the deeper he dug his own grave,« says Can Dündar, former editor-in-chief of the Cumhuriyet newspaper, who is now declared to be a target not only by the mob on the street, but also by the Turkish president himself. Can Dündar has compiled a selection of Hrant Dink's texts. These are contrasted with the interrogation records of the defendants in the murder trial, which are classified as confidential files by the security authorities and intelligence agencies. They represent research conducted by Nedim Şener, who was threatened with a prison sentence of 32 years for his book The Dink Murderand The Lies of the Intelligence Agencies.
In a setting from Hakan Savaş Mican and Arsine Khanjian, Can Dündar will give shape to the evening together with actors from the Gorki. The conclusion will be a concert from the band Collectif Medz Bazar, which was founded in 2012 in Paris. In their stage shows Armenian, Kurdish, Turkish, Arabic and Persian song traditions encounter explosive rhythms and pop elements.The memorial evening is framed by the short production Spiegelungen (Reflections) by Miraz Bezar in Studio, in which the voices of Hrant Dink and his murderer enter into a fictional dialogue. The film Mordakte Hrant Dink (Murder FileHrant Dink) by Osman Okker provides an introduction to the entanglement of ultra-nationalists and the public sector, as well as an overview of the background of the crime.