March 24–26, 2023

The Boston Turkish Film Festival

Join MFA Film in celebrating both recognized Turkish filmmakers and newcomers to the 22nd-annual Boston Turkish Film Festival. This year’s lineup features screenings of the award-winning films from the Boston Turkish Festival’s Documentary and Short Film Competition, which celebrated its 17th year in 2022, as well as many films making their US premieres!

This year’s festival takes place online and in person, with six films screening at the MFA. Things kick off on March 24 with the internationally renowned director Tayfun Pirselimoğlu’s Kerr, Turkey’s entry for Best International Feature at the 2023 Academy Awards and Best Foreign Language Film at the 2023 Golden Globe Awards. On March 25, film critic Peter Keough moderates a panel discussion with the directors of Patrida and Maffy’s Jazz following the double-feature screening of their films. Things wrap up at the Museum on March 26 with Emin Alper’s Burning Days, one of the most acclaimed Turkish films of 2022. It premiered in the Un Certain Regard category at the 75th-annual Cannes Film Festival and has since received several awards at both national and international film festivals.

Programmed by Erkut Gömülü, founder and director of the Boston Turkish Film Festival. All films are in Turkish with English subtitles unless otherwise noted. Following the screenings at the MFA, the festival continues online through April 9. See the full schedule of online and in-person screenings.

Copresented by the Turkish American Cultural Society of New England.

Past Events


March 26, 2023
2:00 pm–4:15 pm

Directed by Emin Alper (Turkey, 2022, 129 min.).


March 25, 2023
2:00 pm–5:00 pm

Various directors.


March 24, 2023
7:00 pm–9:30 pm

Directed by Tayfun Pirselimoğlu (Turkey, 2021, 101 min.). Preceded by two short films, ‘Hello Africa’ and ‘Echo.’