Boston Turkish Film and Music Festival6th ANNUAL BOSTON TURKISH FILM FESTIVAL SM
March 29 - May 13, 2007

 THE PLAY  (Oyun)

Winner of the Best Documentary Award in the 
11th Boston Turkish Festival Documentary & Short Film Competition  



Saturday, March 31    11:00am    
Remis Auditorium, Museum of Fine Arts, 465 Huntington Avenue, Boston


 Directed by Pelin Esmer
Documentary. 2005, 70 min.  35mm.
In Turkish with English subtitles

Ummuye, Behiye, Ummu, Fatma K., Cennet, Saniye, Fatma F., Zeynep and Nesime are nine peasant women living in Arslankoy, a mountain village in southern Turkey. They spend their days working hard in the fields, on the construction site and at home. To lighten the burden of life, these women come together for a wholly different reason. They intend to write and perform a play based on their own life stories. They gather at the local high school, which they were shy of even stepping into until that day and they work with the principal, Mr. Huseyin. They reveal their life stories that they were even afraid to tell themselves and confront. For days on end, under the curious gazes of the village men, they work tirelessly, discuss and create with much fun a play, "The Outcry of Women!" This documentary is about the development process of this play and the change the women went through during this period. 

Selected Festivals and Awards (2006):
Boston Turkish Festival's Documentary & Short Film Competition: Best Documentary Award
Tribeca: Best New Documentary Filmmaker Award
Trieste, Best Documentary Film Award
Créteil Women Films, Best Documentary Film Award 
Navarra Punto de Vista, Audience Award 
Nürnberg FF Turkey/Germany, Special Jury Prize 
Vitoria New European Film, Human Rights Award 
Adana Golden Boll, The In Memoriam Yilmaz Guney Award 
Centre Médittérrannéen de Comunication Audiovisuelle 
The Best Mediterranean Documentary Grand Prix, FR3 and Algerian TV Awards 
Turkish Cinema Writers Assoc. Awards: Special Jury Prize 


PELIN ESMER was born in Istanbul in 1972. She majored in Sociology at Bosphorus University. After graduating, she took classes at director Yavuz Ozkan's film workshop. She worked as an assistant director in a number of Turkish and foreign film productions, and directed a documentary, Koleksiyoncu (The Collector) with which she received the Best Documentary Award at Rome Independent Film Festival, and won third place at the Ankara Film Festival. She is currently a lecturer on documentary filmmaking at Kadir Has University Film Radio and TV Department in Istanbul. Oyun (The Play) is her latest film.  


Oyun / The Play (Director, Producer, Cinematographer, Editor) 2005
Koleksiyoncu / The Collector (Director, Producer, Cinematographer) 2002
Gonlumdeki Kosk Olmasa / Omfavn Mig Måne/House of Hearts (First Assist. Director) 2002
Deli Yurek Bumerang Cehennemi / Wildheart, Hell of Boomerang (First Assist. Director) 2001
Cumhuriyet / The Republic (First Assist. Director) 1998
Conversations Across Bosphorus (Assist. Director) 1995


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