Turtle Shells

(Schildkröten Panzer)
Germany, 2017, 30 min.
Directed by
Tuna Kaptan
animale @en / animals / conflicts / human-animal relationship / refugee / war

Istanbul Film Festival 2018 – National Documentary Competition

Short Film Week Regensburg 2018 – Window to Bavaria

DOK Leipzig 2017 – German Competition Short Film

European animal protection laws, German Armed Forces foreign operations and a seized turtle, whose shell was painted with the flag of the Syrian rebels. All converge at a reptile rescue centre in Munich, headed by Dr. Markus Baur. 
A German army specialist is learning how to deal with dangerous reptiles – he must keep calm, catch, neutralize. Meanwhile, Baur informs the turtle’s Syrian owner she’s unlikely to get her animal back under European species protection law. A multi perspective film in the midst of glass terrariums exploring the connections between animal, man and war.

Turtle Shells Official Site