When Pembe Mentesh finds out her great aunt was forced into marriage decades ago and sent to the Middle East never to be heard from again, she decides to challenge her familie’s silence and discouraging words and begins a search for her auntie’s whereabouts. With little information to go on, Pembe tries every avenue in terms of government archives, family persuasion and collective memory of neighbors and relatives as a means of finding out the details of her aunt’s marriage and consequent departure from Cyprus.
Pembe’s leads have her travel throughout Cyprus and the Middle East, as she tries to piece together the moments her aunt departs her homeland and her fate once she lands in Palestine.
Finding her aunt is complicated by the fact that she swore that she would never keep in touch with her family should she be forced into marriage. Her resilience was compounded by civil wars and displacement in Cyprus and Palestine.
Pembe’s impassioned search conjures up memories of the past that many in Pembe’s family and in the community chose to forget. Finding Fetine Memish is Pembe’s way of breaking through the silence and encouraging others to search for their loved ones.