Like a Bird in a Cage

“Like a Bird in a Cage”
–  Women in Desa Resistance


30 min.

Turkey, 2009


Turkish, English subtitles

Directors: Guliz Saglam – Feryal Saygılıgil
Camera : Guliz Saglam
Editing: Guliz Saglam, Feryal Saygılıgil, Umut Sakallıoğlu
Music: Cem Ulu
Producers: Guliz Saglam – Feryal Saygılıgil



  •  LaborFest “FilmWorks United” San Francisco Film Festival, July 2010
  • 13. Int. Flying Brom Women’s Film Festival, Ankara 2010
  • 8. Int. Filmmor Women’s Film Festival, Istanbul
  • 6. Int.Women’s Film Festival ‘Kın’, Armenia
  • 12.1001 Documentary Film Festival,Istanbul
  • 15. London Turkish Film Festival, UK
  • 16. Golden Boll Film Festival, Adana, 2009
  • 46. Antalya Golden Orange Film Festival, 2009
  • 4. Bursa Silk Road Int. Film Festival,2009
  • IV. Int. Workers’ Film Festival, 2009, Istanbul
  • Documentarist Doc. Days, 2009, İstanbul
  • 2. Universities Social Forum, 2009, Istanbul


This is a documentary about the resistance of Emine Arslan who was fired from the Desa Sefaköy factory and the female workers who were fired from the Düzce factory. All the women who were fired are union members. The documentary reveals the working conditions of women, the experience they gain while organizing, the advantages of resistance, their relationship with the union, their hopes and expectations and the Istanbul Women’s Platform who is in solidarity with them throughout resistance strike.


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