Directed by Tayfun Pirselimoğlu (Turkey, 2021, 101 min.).
Can travels to a small town to attend his father’s funeral, only to become the sole witness of a murder. Although Can provides testimony to the police, he is forbidden to leave town. He then encounters a string of his father’s unusual friends and a series of strange events. Can is terrified when, in his deceased father’s store, he comes face to face with the person he saw commit the murder. Meanwhile, the mysterious appearance of rabid dogs forces the town enforce a quarantine. Things quickly devolve into a surreal purgatory in this artful thriller with notes of writer Franz Kafka and filmmaker David Lynch.
Hello Africa (Merhaba Afrika)
Directed by Hasan Serin (Turkey, 2020, 13 min.).
Esma and Serpil are two young girls living in a mountainous village in the Eastern Anatolia region of Turkey. Serpil reads part of Jules Verne’s Five Weeks in a Balloon and learns that there are children starving in Africa, but also that there is a mountain full of gold on the continent. After relaying this information to Esma, the strong-willed girls journey to Africa on foot with little other than their good intention to tell the children about the mountain of gold.
Winner of Best Short Film Audience Award at the 2022 Boston Turkish Festival’s Documentary and Short Film Competition.
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Directed by Hazal Kara and Sezin Ertek (Germany, Turkey, 2020, 19 min.).
Journalist Defne returns to her hometown of Istanbul after being imprisoned for a year and a half because of the ideas published in her book. She tries to settle into her old life but is overcome with conflicting feelings of fear and courage, safety and danger. Can the afflicted author break through the chaos, trauma, and terror of her past to do the very thing she was punished for the first time—publicize her ideas in writing?
Winner of Best Short Film Award at the 2022 Boston Turkish Festival’s Documentary and Short Film Competition.
With English subtitles