Sesime Gel

(Were Dengê Min)

Come to My Voice | Sesime Gel | Huseyin Karabey

In a snowy Kurdish mountain village in eastern Turkey, an old woman, Berfé, and her young granddaughter, Jiyan, are troubled when Temo - Berfé’s son, Jiyan’s father and the only man of  the household - is arrested with the other men in the village. The local gendarmerie accuses them of hiding guns and makes it known that none of them will be released until their families hand over the guns. The trouble is, there are no guns, at least not to the knowledge of these two blameless women. Desperate and alone, Berfé and Jiyan set off in search of a gun to rescue their beloved Temo. But how will their innocence and naivety overcome a system that threatens to draw them into the sullied world of an interminable conflict?

Selected Festivals and Awards

  • Mar del Plata Film Festival, Argentina (2014): Best Film, SIGNIS Award Special Mention, Audience Award
  • Berlin International Film Festival, Germany (2014): Nominated for Generation 14plus Best Film
  • Anchorage International Film Festival, U.S.A. (2014): 2nd Place, Golden Oosikar Award
  • Istanbul International Film Festival, Turkey(2014): Award, Best Music, People's Choice Award
  • Milan Film Festival, Italy (2014): Audience Award for Best Film,
  • Cinedays Skopje Film Festival, Macedonia (2014)


Huseyin KarabeyDirector, writer, and producer Hüseyin Karabey studied economics at Uludağ University and filmmaking at the Fine Arts Faculty of Marmara University. His short film, “Boran”, and his long documentary, “Silent Death” (Sessiz Ölüm) brought him many awards.After making numerous documentaries, he made his first feature, "My Marlon and Brando" (Gitmek) in 2008. The film was selected for CineMart in 2006 and was realized with the financial support of the Hubert Bals Fund. Premiered at the prestigious Rotterdam Film Festival, the film won the Best New Narrative Filmmaker at Tribeca prize among many awards, and earned Karabey praise as a director to watch.

Hüseyin Karabey 's filmography as a director includes the feature films, Come to My Voice (Sesime Gel, 2014), F Tipi Film (co-director, 2012), and My Marlon and Brando (Gitmek, 2008). In 2011, he undertook the project of "Do Not Forget Me Istanbul" as artistic director.  The film was consisting of six short films about Istanbul shot by six internationally acclaimed directors from different countries. "Do Not Forget Me Istanbul" had its North America premiere at the 12th Annual Boston Turkish Film Festival with Hüseyin Karabey present.

Karabey also worked in many documentary projects as director, writer, and producer. His 2004 documentary, A Breath with Pina Bausch (Pina Bausch'la Bir Nefes), was screened at the Boston Turkish Arts and Culture Festivals in 2006 and 2009. Karabey's documentary, "Life as a Fable - A Narrative" (Bir Hayatı Masal Gibi Anlatmak) which he wrote and directed, received Best Documentary Audience Award at the Boston Turkish Festival Documentary and Short Film Competition in 2012.

Hüseyin Karabey has been also teaching about short filmmaking in various organizations and universities.


8:00 pm
Remis Auditorium

Museum of Fine Arts
465 Huntington Avenue, Boston


Come to My Voice | Sesime Gel | Boston Turkish Film Festival

Directed by
Hüseyin Karabey 


Feride Gezer, Melek Ülger,
Tuncay Akdemir, Muhsin Tokçu

2014 / 90 min.
with English subtitles

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