Searching for Rodakis

Searching for Rodakis

25th TiDF: World Premiere

As a Greek tombstone of unknown origin is discovered underneath the floorboards in an old village house in Turkey, an almost forgotten story from the country’s creation unravels; the forced population exchange between Greece and Turkey in 1923. The engraved Greek letters tell of a woman, Chrysoula Rodaki, who died in 1887. And so the search for her descendants begins: It leads director Kerem Soyyilmaz to local archives, where his own family's role in history is laid bare; to abandoned ghost towns and through the memories of older villagers – all while Soyyilmaz meets massive support for his quest from Greeks on the other side of the border. The stone becomes a portal to the past – and for a while, the trauma becomes redeemed when the previous owners of the village house return. Searching for Rodakis is a movie that reconnects people, culture, and the stories that were discarded in order to build a strong, nationalist state – told through the director's personal experiences. The release also marks the 100-year anniversary of the forced population exchange.

Screening Schedule

No physical screenings scheduled.

Available at the Agora Market TiDF25

Direction: Kerem Soyyilmaz
Cinematography: Andreas Ascanius Lundmark
Editing: Burak Dal
Sound: Giulio Conversi
Music: Andreas Sarantidis, Martin Tenbones, Karayagini
Production: Baklava Film
Producers: Susanne Junker, Kerem Soyyilmaz
Production Design: Mehmet Vargün
Format: DCP
Color: Color
Production Country: Denmark, Türkiye
Production Year: 2023
Duration: 57'
Contact: Baklava Film

Kerem Soyyilmaz


2009 A Perfect Day (short fiction)
2023 Searching for Rodakis