Orginal title: Les Lunes Rousses )
Tülin Özdemir’s sensitive and moving story about a Turkish woman taken to Europe as a nine-year old and married off at 13 to a stranger five years her senior, is a timely tale of the iniquities of the age-old practice of arranged marriages in some cultures.
Red Moon is tightly focused around the close relationship between the village-born Hafize and her niece – for whom she was effectively a surrogate mother in Brussels during the first four years of her life in Belgium. The two women, separated in age by little more than 10 years, are collaborators in a joint expedition to unpick the generational damage poverty, paternalism and arranged marriages have done to them and the women of their clan.
A story of poverty, hopelessness and ancient rigidities emerges
Hafize’s journey is all about sifting through the identify that was thrust upon her as a child-wife, mother and carer – as she seeks liberation from a past that still weighs heavily upon her heart and soul.
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