Boston Turkish Film and Music Festival8th ANNUAL BOSTON TURKISH FILM FESTIVAL SM
March 27 - May 9, 2009

Disarisi Nasil - How is it like outside


Disarisi Nasil?

Winner of the Best Documentary Award in the 13th Boston Turkish Festival Documentary and Short Film Competition

Saturday, April 4    10:30 a.m.
Remis Auditorium, Museum of Fine Arts
465 Huntington Avenue, Boston

Written and directed by Nursel Doğan

Documentary / 2007 / 46 min.
In Turkish with English subtitles


A real-life story, this film is about the remarkable struggle of Yildiz for her freedom against all odds.

Yıldız was born in 1965 in Asagi Yayla, a village of Erzurum’s district, Narman. Her brother who is a teacher wanted Yildiz to help their mother in housekeeping and took her from school when she was in fourth grade. Her father sent her to “Medrese” for a better religious education. When Yildiz was 16, she was forced to marry her uncle’s son who was much older than her. Later on, because of economical difficulties they moved to Istanbul. Because of her husband’s irresponsibility, Yildiz began to work as a cleaner in a school. Meanwhile, she discovered the existence of a very different life style than her own life. Her repressed curiosity for learning began to appear slowly and she entered into a period of questioning her life and herself.  



  • Boston Turkish Festival Documentary and Short Film Competition, U.S.A. (2008): Best Documentary Award
  • Nürnberg Turkey/Germany Film Festival, Germany (2008): Special Mention
  • Istanbul Film Festival, Turkey (2008)
  • Ankara Film Festival, Turkey (2008)
  • Istanbul International Short Film Festival, Turkey (2008)
  • International Flying Broom (Ucan Süpürge) Film Festival, Turkey (2008)
  • International Labor Films Festival, Turkey (2008)



Nursel DoganNursel Dogan was born in Sivas. After working in a construction firm for a while,
she took an interest in cinema. She filmed documentaries, fictional and educational
movies. She worked as assistant in many films, series and documentaries, and she
also acted in various films.





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