In my short movie Tea, I told the story of a young teenage girl in Artvin, a city in Turkey’s Black Sea region, bordering across Russia. She had lost her father when she was three years old, as he had suffered and died from cancer. Her job is to collect tea to maintain her needs. However, she always has a wave of anger inside her towards tea, because her father’s cause of death is the radioactive teas he would often drink in April 1986, right after the big explosion that caused many lives and effected many places, including all the people living around the Black Sea. Not only nature but also the people who live there lost their lives because of cancer. The girl in the story is one of the many examples who have to continue living with this emotional pain.
Directed by Lara Kurdoglu (Turkey)