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


Babamın Sesi

North America Premiere

Voice of My Father - Babamin Sesi

Basê lives in Elbistan by herself. She wants her eldest son Hasan to return home and establish a new life. She also believes the silent phone calls which she receives frequently are from Hasan. Her younger son Mehmet lives in Diyarbakır and Mehmet learns that he's about to become a father. He moves to a new house and while moving finds a tape in between his belongings, recorded to be sent to his father,  that contains his and his mother's voice. Mehmet then leaves to Elbistan to find out the tapes his father recorded and to persuade his mother to live with him in Diyarbakır. However, he finds his mother thinking about nothing but Hasan and slowly starts to enter his mother's world. He repairs stuff that his mother asked him to and does all the gardening work. At the same time keeps looking for the tapes, his father had sent. Although Basê tries to distance him from the existence of the tapes by telling him that there are no such tapes left, she fails to deter. As Mehmet continues looking for the tapes, he begins learning things about his family he didn't know before.

Selected Festivals and Awards

  • Adana Golden Boll Film Festival: Best Screenplay,  Best Film
  • Istanbul Film Festival: Best Screenplay
  • Rotterdam Film Festival: Best Film (Nominated)
  • Sarajevo Film Festival: Best Film (Nominated)


Orhan Eskikoy - Zeynel DoganOrhan Eskiköy graduated from Ankara University in 2004 with a degree in filmmaking. His first feature film “On the Way to School” had its world premiere at the IDFA in 2008, and has since then traveled to many national and international festivals, including Boston Turkish Film Festival in 2010, winning many awards. His filmography includes Each Dream is a Shattered Mirror (Hayaller Birer Kırık Ayna, doc. 2001), Exile (Sürgün, doc., 2004), Mothers and Children (Anneler ve Çocuklar, doc., 2004), On the Way to School (İki Dil Bir Bavul, doc., 2008).

Zeynel Doğan graduated from Anadolu University in 2001 with a degree in filmmaking. He is an independent Kurdish documentary filmmaker. He coordinates the Diyarbakır Media Center, and he is also part of the filmmaker initiative Perişan Film. His filmography includes Handcart (Çek Çek, doc., 2003), There isn’t (Yok, doc., 2005), The Old Man (Kalo, 2007), The Daughters of Dersim (Çene Dersim, doc., 2007)

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Written and Directed by
Orhan Eskiköy & Zeynel Doğan

Cast: Basê Doğan, Zeynel Doğan, Gülizar Doğan

2012 / 88 min.
with English subtitles

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Saturday, April 6, 2013 | 3:15 p.m.

Remis Auditorium
Museum of Fine Arts
465 Huntington Avenue, Boston

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