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Back to Me

mother and daughter looking in opposite directions

Zeynep Sertbulut
2017 | 22 minutes
Country of Production: USA
Country Featured: USA
Director and Protagonist in Attendance

In the summer of 2016, Turkish filmmaker Zeynep Sertbulut experienced a temporary psychotic episode for the first time. An ISIS airport bombing and a military coup in her home country set her world off axis and, with the camera rolling, she sets down the path of emotional recovery. Back to Me documents the many stages of recovery from a traumatic event, while exploring identity and change in the midst of global conflict.

This screening is part of the Emerging Visual Anthropologists Showcase and will be followed by a Q&A with the filmmakers, and anthropologist Dr. Faye Ginsburg and documentary instructor Dr. Pegi Vail of the New York University Center for Media, Culture and History.

Activate: My Perspective

“With my film, Back to Me, I hope to activate more discussions around mental conditions experienced not only by war survivors in conflict zones but also by people in ‘peaceful’ places like New York City. What are the relationships between political events, vulnerability, and personal trauma? My film has activated in me a desire to persevere and be productive even through personal trauma and to reach out to those who might be going through similar challenges in their lives. I think it is important that we realize personal trauma can happen to anyone anywhere and anytime.”

—  Zeynep Sertbulut | Director, Back to Me