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3 Saat (3 Hours)

Produced by Serdar M. Degirmencioglu
Witness six high-school seniors taking the arduous university entrance exam in Istanbul, Turkey
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Overview

Genre
Culture, Human Interest, Social Issues, Contemporary Issues, and Human Rights
Synopsis

“3 Hours” is a feature length documentary about the University Student Selection Exam in Turkey. Once a year over 1.5 million applicants sweat over a multiple-choice test for an uninterrupted duration of 180 minutes or 3 hours with hopes to obtain the right to higher education. Many consider this exam a “life-and-death matter,” as both the applicants and their families endure an overwhelming amount of pressure during this process. “3 Hours” focuses on the personal dimension of this experience, by following the lives of six high school seniors from different socio-economic backgrounds for more than a year. We witness the thoughts, emotions, and aspirations of these six young people and those around them, before, during, and after the exam, while the filmmakers are the observers, witnesses, intruders, and guests in the lives of these young women and men.

Stage
finished
Running time
118 minutes

Credits

  • Can Candan ... Director, Producer
  • Serdar M. Degirmencioglu ... Producer
  • Emine Yildirum ... Co-Producer

Production Details

Prod. Co.
Surela Film
Country
Turkey
Years of Production
2004-2008
Locations
Turkey
Prod. Partners
Giyotin Film

Distribution Details

Release year
2008
Distribution
Surela Film
Language
Turkish
Subtitles
English, French

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