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


Bé Deng (Sessiz)

Silent - Be Deng - Sessiz

The year is 1984. Zeynep who lives in Diyarbakır with her three children wants to visit her husband in prison. Zeynep is only able to speak her mother tongue ‘Kurdish’; however only the Turkish language is allowed to be spoken in prison, so she’s unable to utter a word there. On the other hand, she wants to bring a new pair of shoes to her husband but it’s forbidden to bring anything from outside to the prisoners. Winner of Palmes d’Or for Short Films at Cannes Film Festival.

Selected Festivals and Awards:

  • Cannes Film Festival: Palmes d’Or for Short Film
  • Boston Turkish Festival Documentary & Short Film Competition: Best Short Film
  • Melbourne International Film Festival: Best Short Film
  • Tangier Mediterranean Short Film Festival: Best Actress (Belçim Bilgin)
  • Osian’s Cinefan Film Festival: Best Short Film
  • Norway Short Film Festival: The European Film Award Nominee
  • Antalya Golden Orange Film Festival: Best Short Film


L. Rezan YesilbasBorn in 1977, L Rezan Yeşilbaş graduated from the Cinema-TV department of Marmara University in 2008. His short film “Hüküm” (Judgement) was the first film of his “Trilogy of Women”. “Hüküm” has been screened in many national and international film festivals. “Hüküm” received Best Short Film Audience Award in the 2009 Boston Turkish Festival Documentary and Short Film Competition and was rescreened at the 9th Boston Turkish Film Festival in 2010. Yeşilbaş shot "Sessiz/Be Deng" (Silent) in 2011 which is the second film of the trilogy. The film won the Palme d'Or for Best Short Film at Festival Cannes 2012. He has also written the script of the third film of the trilogy. L.Rezan Yesilbas works as the assistant of Turkish director Zeki Demirkubuz since 2008.



Winner of Best Short Film Award in the 17th Boston Turkish Festival Documentary and Short Film Competition


Written and Directed by
L. Rezan Yeşilbaş

Cast: Belçim Bilgin, Cem Bender

Short / 2011 / 15 min.
with English subtitles


Sunday, March 24, 2013 | 3:30 p.m.

BTF Documentary & Short Film Competition Award Ceremony following the screening

Remis Auditorium
Museum of Fine Arts
465 Huntington Avenue, Boston

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