The Pageant, dir. Eytan İpeker, Documentary, 83 min, 2020
Every year since 2011, a unique beauty contest takes place in Haifa. The contestants are female survivors of the Holocaust. In the midst of this flashy spectacle, their personal traumas remain as deep as ever.
World Premiere at Visions du Réel 2020 - International Competition (link)
"... the film accuses without a word, in a very efficient and intelligent way, the radical strangeness, not to say the sweet obscenity, of its subject."
"...offers a complex and nuanced look at the annual Miss Holocaust Survivor event."
"...an eye for detail, especially uncomfortable ones..."
"...Ipeker deliberately creates associations that make you shiver..."
Directed and Edited by Eytan İpeker
Supported by CNC and Tënk & Mediapart (France), New Film Fund (Turkey)
Pitched at Sheffield Doc/Fest MeetMarket 2018
Istanbul Meetings on the Bridge 2019 (Color Up Award)