Boston Turkish Film and Music Festival12th ANNUAL BOSTON TURKISH FILM FESTIVAL SM
March 21 - April 27, 2013


Bereketli Topraklar Üzerinde


On Fertile Lands - Bereketli Topraklar Uzerinde

This is the story of three friends struggling to survive in the fertile plains in southeast Turkey. Bald Hasan, Wrestler Ali, and Hopeless Case Yusuf travel to Çukurova to find work. They first work at a factory, then at a construction site, and then at rice fields. However the story does not end well for them. Hasan is accidentally killed at the factory. Ali has to confront the Agha, the feudal lord, when he falls in love with Fatma, because the Agha has set eyes on her. To prevent them from seeing each other, the Agha sends Ali away to work at the rice fields where his arm is severely injured while working. Finally Yusuf returns to his village, back to his wife.

The film was banned in the 1980s and the prints were confiscated. This is the digitally re-mastered copy of the film recovered in Sweden after being lost for many years, screened at the 2008 Istanbul Film Festival.

Selected Festivals and Awards:

  • Grand Jury Prize, Best Screenplay, Strasbourg Film Festival: Grand Jury Prize
  • Antalya Golden Orange Film Festival: Best Director,
    Best Supporting Actor (Yaman Okay)


Erden Kiral

Erden Kıral is the recipient of the Boston Turkish Film Festival Excellence in Turkish Cinema Award. A discussion with the director and award ceremony will take place following the screening. Please see previous page about Erden Kıral and about the award.






Directed by Erden Kıral

Written by Erden Kıral based on Orhan Kemal’s novel “On Fertile Lands” (1954)

Cast: Tuncel Kurtiz, Yaman Okay,
Nur Sürer, Menderes Samancılar

1979 / 115 min.
with English subtitles


Saturday, March 23, 2013 | 12:30 pm

Remis Auditorium
Museum of Fine Arts
465 Huntington Avenue, Boston

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