Boston Turkish Film and Music Festival10th ANNUAL BOSTON TURKISH FILM FESTIVAL SM
March 24 - April 30, 2011

Babam Tarih Yapiyor - My Father is Making History


Babam Tarih Yapiyor

Best Documentary Audience Award winner in the 15th Boston Turkish Festival Documentary and Short Film Competition

Sunday, March 27, 2011    3:00 p.m.
Remis Auditorium, Museum of Fine Arts
465 Huntington Avenue, Boston

Written and Directed by Haydar Demirtas

Documentary / 2010 / 30 min.
In Turkish with English subtitles

Cast: Mehmet Demirtas, Aslan Demirtas, Aziz Demirtas, Aho Akyuz    


Construction worker Mehmet has been living with his family in the south-eastern region of Turkey, in the city of Mardin, where the religions and cultures meet. His eldest son Haydar, who is a student at Cinema School has decided to shoot his father’s film.

Mehmet, a Muslim, works in the restoration of  an Assyrian church with his co-workers in one of  the Mesopotamian villages; in Midyat. He is in an environment which is a crossroads of history where Muslim and Assyrian religious prayers are performed together; where Turkish, Kurdish, Arabic and Syriac languages are spoken at the same time; and where the Imam and the Priest eat together at the same table. In fact, Mehmet and the people around him are making history just in the center of history and future.


  • Boston Turkish Arts and Culture Festival Documentary and Short Film Competition, U.S.A. (2010): Best Documentary Audience Award
  • TÜRSAK Foundation Award, Turkey (2010): Best Screenplay and Canon Special Prize
  • Ourense International Film Festival, Spain (2010)
  • Ankara International Film Festival, Turkey (2010)
  • Festival on Wheels, Turkey (2010)
  • Antalya Golden Orange Film Festival, Turkey (2010)
  • Istanbul International Film Festival, Turkey (2011)


Haydar DemirtasBorn in Omerli (Mardin) in 1984, Haydar Demirtas got his education in Mardin until university. He ran at the First League for about four years in Mardin. He won several prizes in athletics. He had his first cinema training in the BBC channel by attending the workshop,  “Istanbul Kultur University Kent Film Evleri” in 2005 and 2006. He studied in the Art and Design Department of Kültür University with a scholarship. His first documentary, ‘Gezici Nalbant’ (Itinerant Smith), participated in several national and international festivals and won awards. He works as a volunteer at Mardin Youth and Culture House since 2000 and at the Community Volunteers (TOG) since 2005. He is still a student in Istanbul Kultur University.



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