13th Annual Boston Turkish Film Festival | March 20 - April 26 2014

Winners of the 18th Boston Turkish Festival Documentary & Short Film Competition



The Guest | Misafir | Haydar Demirtas

Old Bahe lived in the Orthodox monastery of Deyrulzafaran, in the mountains that crown the city of Mardin, in Turkey, since his mother left him there when she was forced to depart for Syria. It was 1920 and Bahe was the youngest of three brothers. Since that time, he never stopped thinking about his mother and waiting for her to return. “Uncle Bahe”, as everyone here calls him, only left the monastery on special occasions and the monastery could not do without him, as he had become a fixture of the building.

Shortly after the screening of this film at BTFF, Uncle Bahe died on March 31, 2014 in Mardin.

Selected Festivals and Awards

  • Antalya Golden Orange Film Festival, Turkey
  • Cannes Film Festival, France
  • Duhok International Film Festival, KRG, Iraq
  • Film Festival della Lessinia, Italy
  • Filmamed Documentary Film Festival, Turkey
  • Gaziantep International Zeugma Film Festival, Turkey
  • Istanbul Documentary Film Festival , Turkey
  • Malatya International Film Festival, Turkey


Haydar DemirtasHaydar Demirtaş was born in Mardin/Ömerli in 1984. He studied in Mardin. He ran in athletics first league for four years. He attended cinema workshop of BBC which was organized by Mardin Youth and Culture House. He was a volunteer for Habitat and Günden 21 for 6 years. He attended Kent Film Evleri workshop organized by İstanbul Kültür University in 2005-2006. He received full scholarship from the Department of Communication and Design in the Faculty of Art and Design, where he graduated in 2010. He continues to work in cinema in Mardin.


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Written and Directed by
Haydar Demirtaş

Doc. / 2013 / 30 min.

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Saturday, March 22, 2014 | 3:00 pm Alfond Auditorium
Museum of Fine Arts
465 Huntington Avenue, Boston

Awards Ceremony and a Panel Discussion with the award-winning directors follow the film screening, moderated by film critic Peter Keough

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