CIJ Logan: Field of Vision Showcase

CIJ Logan: Field of Vision Showcase

Field of Vision is a filmmaker-driven documentary unit that commissions and creates original short-form, episodic, and feature-length nonfiction films about developing and ongoing stories around the globe, led by Academy Award-winning filmmaker Laura Poitras and curator & producer Charlotte Cook. Inspired by the creative potential of visual journalism, they produce and support cinematic work that tells the stories of our world from new perspectives.

We’ll be showing several short Field of Vision films followed by a Q+A with Field of Vision co-founder Charlotte Cook and several of the filmmakers.

This Field of Vision Showcase is brought to you as part of the Centre for Investigative Journalism's 2018 Logan Symposium: Conspiracy

Beyond Borders: The Legend of the Ugly King

Beyond Borders: The Legend of the Ugly King


The Legend of the Ugly King
is the winner of the 2018 Best Historical Documentary award from the Beyond the Borders film festival. In this documentary, a young filmmaker explores the eventful life of the famous Kurdish director, actor, and revolutionary Yilmaz Güney, who achieved international attention through his films, including Yol (Winner of the Palm d’Or, 1982) or Sürü (Winner of the Golden Leopard, 1978).

They called him ‘The Ugly King’: a myth, a hero, a film legend. But who was Yilmaz Güney? A highly talented director? A revolutionary? A murderer? A genius or a lunatic? Director Hüseyin Tabak is searching for answers by conducting research for a script about the Kurdish filmmaker from Turkey. Güney was sentenced to more than 100 years in prison for political reasons and for murdering a judge. He started making movies from jail. His most famous film, Yol, won the Palme d‘Or in 1982. The deeper Hüseyin digs, the more the legendary Ugly King appears human and vulnerable.

Through interviews with family, friends and colleagues, as well as clips from his films and rare footage of the man himself, Hüseyin Tabak explores Güney’s enduring legacy.