Directed by Ayça Damgacı and Tümay Göktepe (Turkey, France, Germany, 2021, 67 min.).
Patrida means “fatherland” or “home country” in Greek. It’s also the apt title of actress Ayça Damgacı’s 2021 documentary about her father, İsmet, who was born in Western Thrace but left due to forced migration. Ayça and İsmet’s journey starts in Istanbul, winds through the Greek cities of Xanthi, Thessaloniki, and Athens, and ends all the way in Zurich. Patrida is the story of a father and daughter, a family and their shared past, and that family’s ability to question their appointed identities and give new meanings to them. Ultimately, Patrida addresses the question: Is a journey enough to understand all the violence we’ve experienced, the anger, our fears?
Winner of Best Documentary Audience Award at the 2022 Boston Turkish Festival’s Documentary and Short Film Competition.
Directed by Deniz Yüksel Abalıoğlu (Turkey, 2022, 56 min.).
Maffy’s Jazz celebrates the life of musician Maffy Falay, who passed away in February 2022 at the age of 92. When he was young Maffy followed his passion for music and left his homeland for Sweden. By the 1960s he became such a popular trumpet player in Europe that his skills were coveted by jazz legends such as Dizzy Gillespie and Thelonious Monk. The Turkish-born musician even went on to share the stage with names as recognizable as Quincy Jones, Kenny Clarke, and Francy Boland. Maffy outlived most of his musical contemporaries to become one of the few remaining members of a bygone generation. The film follows Maffy over a week in his one-room apartment in the suburbs of Stockholm, documenting his alienation and his effort to redefine his life as both the members of his generation and his music fade away.
Winner of Best Documentary Award at the 2022 Boston Turkish Festival’s Documentary and Short Film Competition.
Double feature screening followed by a panel discussion moderated by film critic Peter Keough, and award ceremony featuring the directors of both films.
With English subtitles