Meteors ★★★

Assembled largely from internet videos depicting an internal 2015 Turkish conflict, this cobbled together collection of amateur footage sees fiction seeping in where the official record has left nothing. This is most easily observable in the voiceover narration, which consists of passages read from a single novel by a single female voice, but exists in the very framework of the project itself, which combines disparate sources into a coherent, six-chapter structure. In lieu of acknowledgement from the official media, this period of Anatolian history represents a historiographic crisis for first-time filmmaker Keltek. The title reflects this, with its suggestion that these events crashed into his homeland, leaving damage but little sign of the cause itself. Time and again, this footage, monochromatic, often stunningly grainy, and edited to look largely of a piece, recounts that title’s allusion, whether through depictions of gunfire, fireworks, bombings, or meteors themselves. Meteorlar, then, has a curious effect. Its impulses toward cohesion are at odds with its impulse to present these fragments of cell phone and home video as incomplete. This irresolution is perhaps a fitting response to the real-world situation.