Concrete Park

Beton Park

dir. Berke Bas

Concrete Park

Beton Park

dir. Berke Bas

TIFF Cinematheque - Retrospective

Skip to schedule and film credits
Filmmaker Berke Bas paints a sensitive documentary portrait of young men in the seaside town of Ordu, who feel themselves trapped between the macho stereotypes of Turkish cultural myth the slim possibilities afforded them to pursue their aspirations and shape their destiny in real life.

Filmmaker Berke Bas travelled to Beton Park — a lacklustre concrete hangout for local youth in Ordu, a typical city in the Black Sea region of Turkey — to explore what it means to be a young man in contemporary Turkey, facing the prospect of unemployment, rising conservatism and general disenchantment while still living under a culture that mints every Turkish man as "born a soldier" with "noble blood." Bas incisively contrasts prevailing celebrations of masculinity with the unspoken, internalized fear that these young men experience at the slim possibilities afforded them to pursue their aspirations and shape their destiny.