Hüseyin Karabey


“My love,

I always said Jesus gave us so much love for each other. Hrant’s companionship was given to me. […]

Today is the day when deep darkness will reach out to light. Whatever their age, seventeen or twenty-seven. Whoever the murderers are, I know they were once small babies. Without questioning the darkness that turns a baby into a murderer, nothing can be done my brothers.

My brothers, his affection for the truth, his love for clarity, his love for his friends, brought him to this end. Challenging fear, his love fostered him. They say, He was a great man. Let me ask you: was he born great? No. He was born just like we all were. He didn’t descend from the sky. He too came from this earth. A diminishing body, just like us. Except his soul, the work he did, his manner, the love he carried in his heart made him great. A man doesn’t become great by himself. One’s acts are what make one great.

Yes, he was a great man. Because he thought big, and talked big as well. By gathering here today you all thought big too. By staying silent, you talked big too. You are also great. Don’t stop today. Don’t settle with what’s there.

He laid a corner stone in Turkey’s history, and you’ve sealed it. Thanks to him the headlines, the talks, and the prohibitions changed. There were no taboos, no untouchables for him. As the holy scriptures say, words flooded from him. He paid a big price. [...]

My love, who could forget what you did, what you said? What darkness could make us forget? What could make us forget what happened to you? Could fear make us forget my love? Life? Oppression? Pleasures of this physical world? Or will death make us forget my love? No. No darkness can do that my love”.

Rakel Dink, excerpt from Letter to the loved one, 2007. Speech held in Istanbul during the funeral of her husband Hrant Dink, the Turkish-Armenian journalist assassinated in Istanbul in 2007 by Ogün Samast, a 17-year old Turkish nationalist.


b. 1970, Istanbul, Turkey

Lives and works in Istanbul. Karabey pursues film directing since 1996. He graduated from the Film and Television Department, Fine Arts School of the Marmara University in 2001. His short films and documentaries (I Missed my Rendezvous with Death, 2006• A Breath with Pina Bausch, 2004 • Silent Death, 2001• Boran, 1999) have been shown in many important festivals. His first long feature Gitmek – My Marlon and Brando (2008) won various awards in 2008 in prestigious film festivals, among them: Best Asian Middle Eastern Film at the Tokyo Film Festival, the FIPRESCI Prize at the Jerusalem Film Festival and the award as Best Director at the Tribeca Film Festival, New York. Karabey is also the artistic director and co-producer of the omnibus project entitled Do not Forget me Istanbul (2010) where seven internationally renowned directors each shoot a short segment about the city. Next in line for Karabey is the production of his second feature film, Come to my Voice, which has participated in the Cannes Atelier.