Tepecik Hayal Okulu

A Dream School in the Steppes | Tepecik Hayal Okulu | Boston Turkish Film Festival

The passion to describe every moment of one’s life through images... Could it give the power to struggle against all kinds of obstacles to someone fascinated by cinema?

Ahmet Uluçay, well-known by his idiosyncratic short films and his only feature film “Boats out of Watermelon Rinds”, had to face the fact that he had a brain tumor, and had his first operation 12 years ago. This documentary film, in accordance with Uluçay’s life between reality and dream, draws us from the half-lit corridors of a hospital to the village, to childhood and dreams, and into the world of a passionate cinéaste.

Selected Festivals and Awards


Güliz Sağlam studied at the University of Marmara, Department of Social Sciences and Administration. She has worked as an assistant director in several feature films, and since 2007 she is an independent documentary filmmaker and a video-activist. She was involved in Filmmor Women’s Cooperative between 2005 and 2009. Her work consists of independent documentaries on various issues including immigration, women workers' conditions, women workers' strikes and resistance in different parts of Turkey, as well as solidarity campaigns of women's organizations with women workers' resistance movements, and the encounter of feminists with women labor, LGBTI, and feminist activism.


A Dream School in the Steppes (2014)
Women’s Peace Conference (short video, 2013)
As If We Were Equal (2012)
The Zone (2010)
Women on Strike (2010)
Like a Bird in a Cage (2009)
Women Act For Peace (short video, 2009)                                                                                  
What’s Honor? (Filmmor Women's Cooperative - co-director, 2008)
Far Away From Home (2004)


1:00 pm
Alfond Auditorium

Museum of Fine Arts
465 Huntington Avenue, Boston


Winner of the 19th Annual
Boston Turkish Festival Documentary
& Short Film Competition
Best Documentary Award

Directed by
Güliz Sağlam

Doc./ 2014 / 55 min.
with English subtitles

An awards ceremony and
a panel discussion with the
award-winning directors
follow the screenings,
moderated by
film critic Peter Keough.



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