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I'm in Trouble

“I’m in Trouble” features the songs of artists who suffered political oppression in Turkey by means of censorship, imprisonment and exile, songs of whom nevertheless are still recited by millions today and have become a part of Turkish cultural heritage. The last episode of “The Background Music of Our Lives” has been given its title after a song which the deceased Ahmet Kaya recorded in 1990 and chronologically reflects the experiences and psychology of artists like Ruhi Su, who was literally “in trouble” throughout his life; Zülfü Livaneli, musical mouthpiece of the political opposition in Turkey in the 70’s and 80’s, and “Group Yorum” a very popular agitprop band which still suffers censorship today.

The film begins outside Kartal Prison in Istanbul, where prsoner visitors claim that the legendary Ahmet Kaya ist still alive and in hiding while people like Zülfü Livaneli, Derya Köroğlu, Şanar Yurdatapan, Ahmet Kaya’s wife and producer Gülten Kaya, the sociologist Can Kozanoğlu leads the viewer through a musical voyage of recent Turkish political history.

This episode features scenes from concerts and rehearsals of Group Yorum, Kardeş Türküler, Yeni Türkü and archive footage from Ruhi Su, Ahmet Kaya and Zülfü Livaneli, which was broadcast for the first time in the history of Turkish television.


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